German shoe manufacturer Schuh-Union GmbH on Wednesday announced plans to axe 17 jobs at its headquarters in Zweibruecken, western Germany, amid falling sales and an ongoing cost-cutting programme. The firm, whose brands includes Servas, Durndorf, Jasmin, Lofters and Remonte, shut a plant in Portugal last June with the loss of 440 jobs and axed a further 145 positions at its HQ last November.