DEBENHAMS is to swing the axe on up to 90 staff as it enters redundancy talks with hundreds of workers at its fashion and home departments.

The department store chain, which is undergoing a cost-cutting drive, has put hundreds of roles into redundancy consultation.

“We announced our intention to restructure our organisation around three business units: Beauty and beauty services, fashion and home, and food and events earlier this year,” Debenhams said in a statement. “Our work to create a simplified and consistent structure across these units, reducing complexity and driving efficiency in order to deliver our Debenhams Redesigned strategy, is continuing.”

In January the retailer announced plans to ramp up cost savings, with another £10 million earmarked for this financial year and £20m extra annually under a reorganisation led by chief executive Sergio Bucher.

The shop then went on to slash 320 of its store management roles in February.