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Microsoft to close two factories in China, cutting 9,000 jobs

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Microsoft Corp. plans to shut two mobile-handset manufacturing plants in China formerly run by Nokia, cutting about 9,000 jobs.

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Microsoft scheduled the closure of the plants located in Beijing and the southeastern city of Dongguan earlier this month and plans to ship some of the manufacturing equipment there to Vietnam, according to a report in the government-run Beijing Youth Daily.

It quoted an unidentified Microsoft China executive as saying the closures and transfer of production capacity to Vietnam would likely be completed by the end of March.

The layoffs are part of an estimated 18,000 job cuts which Microsoft announced in the wake of its purchase of the Nokia unit for $7.2 billion.

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