German online clothing and footwear retailer Zalando has today (22 February) confirmed that it is cutting the number of staff at its purchasing office in the UK, with just a skeleton team remaining.

A spokesperson for the company told just-style that the decision to cut back on staff did not mean the London office would close, but would bring it in line with other international branches in Paris, Stockholm and Milan.

"We will keep the office and a small group of people there; we are just changing our strategy for this kind of office," the spokesperson said.

Zalando said it has changed its buying strategy for the UK market because most of the brands it sells here are already purchased by its international business. The purchasing and buying department in Berlin will manage the UK brands, the spokesperson revealed.

The retailer will keep 4-5 people in London and has offered the other 13 employees the chance to relocate to Berlin. "There are some staying in London but of course some may also leave the company," the spokesperson added.

The news comes after Zalando saw net sales more than double during 2012, thanks to growth in its core markets and expansion into seven new countries.

Zalando said sales reached EUR1.15bn (US$1.53bn) against EUR510m last year and claims to be the fastest to reach sales of more than EUR1bn, just four years after being formed.