Apple (AAPL) has been laying off recently-hired staff at retail stores, particularly in the...

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Apple (AAPL) has been laying off recently-hired staff at retail stores, particularly in the U.K., and has also reportedly been making long-term cutbacks in hours given to part-time staff. The moves could represent efforts by John Browett, the former Dixons CEO hired in January to run Apple's retail ops, to improve profitability. Browett has a reputation for cost-cutting, and Apple maintains an exceptionally large number of employees per store.