- Associated Press - Saturday, June 6, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Swedish appliance-maker Electrolux has cut workers in North America, including some in Charlotte, as the company seeks to boost its earnings.

Area media outlets report Electrolux announced the job cuts on Friday, but did not specify how many jobs it had cut in its North American headquarters of Charlotte.

Electrolux spokeswoman Eloise Hale says the company cut less than 1 percent of its North American workforce of 12,000.

The company is currently awaiting regulatory approval to close its $3.3 billion purchase of General Electric’s Louisville, Kentucky-based home appliance business.

Electrolux employs about 925 people in Charlotte. In 2013, Electrolux said it was planning to increase the number to 1,600 by 2017, but Hale says the company will evaluate those $85 million expansion plans after the GE purchase is completed.

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