Reports: BlackBerry trims salesforce

|About: BlackBerry Ltd. (BBRY)|By:, SA News Editor

Sources tell the WSJ BlackBerry (BBRY -5.1%) "laid off several dozen members of its U.S. sales force Monday." A company spokesman confirmed to the paper "a small number of employees were laid off."

A source talking to Cantech Letter, which initially broke the layoff story, was more dramatic, claiming BlackBerry laid off over half its salesforce. "I had twenty guys (from BlackBerry) on BBM from sales, and they have all posted alternate emails on their status."

BlackBerry, which is contending with disappointing BB10 hardware sales, fired its U.S. sales chief earlier this summer, and has reportedly been looking to trim headcount in certain areas.

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