Retailer Fox Group says 30-50% of staff to be furloughed amid expected downturn from war

Sharon Wrobel is a tech reporter for The Times of Israel.

People walk by a closed Fox clothing store in Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv, July 24, 2023 (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)
People walk by a closed Fox clothing store in Dizengoff Center, Tel Aviv, July 24, 2023 (Avshalom Sassoni/FLASH90)

Israeli retail fashion chain Fox Group announces it will furlough between 30% and 50% of its staff across the country because of the negative economic repercussions of the ongoing war with the Hamas terror group.

Up to 50% of the fashion group’s employees, mainly those working in the retail chain’s shops and stores, will be furloughed for a period of one month for now, Fox says in a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange.

Employees working in the group’s headquarters who will not be furloughed will be paid 80% of their salary.

Harel Wizel, CEO and owner of the Fox Group, along with other senior executives including the board chairman, announce that they are cutting their salary to 50% for 30 days.

Since Israel declared war on Hamas after 2,500 terrorists broke through the fortified Gaza border on October 7 and murdered some 1,400 people in Israel, the scope of the retail chain’s business activity has been significantly reduced, the group says.

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