US-based retail clothing chain Nordstrom Inc has slashed its workforce by 3.6 per cent due to a sales slowdown, a company spokesperson announced today.

Following the September 11th attacks, Nordstrom, which has 126 outlets in 25 states, has responded to declining sales by laying off 1,600 employees. At the chain's headquarters, around 250 jobs were lost.

Prior to the layoffs, Nordstrom's employed around 45,000 people.

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