Value retail chain Matalan Plc is in discussions over job cuts at its stores and head office as it clamours to cuts costs throughout the business.

According to reports, Matalan said that the eventual figure will depend on the outcome of negotiations with staff.

However, media speculation says that job cuts may be in the hundreds.

The company last month reported spiralling sales in March and April, and warned of a tough full year of trading.

Matalan operates 190 outlets and 17,000 stores.