Temp giant Adecco in French antitrust probe

11th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

The world's biggest temporary staffing group Adecco said Thursday it was being investigated by French competition authorities.

The Swiss company acknowledged in a brief statement that it and some of its French competitors were being probed for "alleged violations of French competition law."

Adecco did not name the other companies under investigation and stressed that it was "fully cooperating with the authority."

France constitutes Adecco's main market, with 6,000 permanent staff and 140,000 temps, making it the country's largest private employer.

The Swiss company has meanwhile been hit by the eurozone crisis, seeing its net profit plunge 40 percent during the first quarter of this year to 67 million euros ($87.4 million), after seeing 27 percent of its net profit evaporate in 2012.

In France alone, Adecco's sales fell 17 percent during the first quarter, to 1.05 billion euros.

© 2013 AFP

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