Metro Group-controlled Media-Saturn is to cut 61 of 139 jobs at its headquarters. The electronics retailer said the decision has been prompted by the economic crisis that has led to a drop in consumer confidence, the rise of internet sales and the cost structure of the headquarters.

The retailer’s board is now planning to move a number of support services to the Netherlands, which would involve finance, IT, personnel and internal audits.

Other services, such as sales and marketing, that require a knowledge of the Belgian market or are directly linked to the operation of stores in Belgium and Luxembourg will remain in Belgium.