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BlackBerry cuts jobs after 1st quarter drop in phone sales

An undisclosed number of BlackBerry employees have been laid off or transferred to a new position, a spokesperson has confirmed to CBC News.

Smartphone maker won't say how many positions affected

BlackBerry CEO John Chen says the company will still make smartphones, even as it becomes a lower priority in its turnaround plan. (Jonathan Drake/Bloomberg News)

An undisclosed number of BlackBerry employees have been laid off or transferred to a new position, a spokesperson has confirmed.

The Waterloo company declined to specify how many employees have been affected or what offices have been affected.

"Our intention is to reallocate resources in ways that will best enable us to capitalize on growth opportunities while driving toward sustainable profitability across all facets of our business," said a spokesperson in an email  to CBC News.

In its last quarterly report released on June 23, the company reported a drop in year-over-year smartphone revenue to $263 million from $379 million .

The company, which only recognizes revenue on devices when they're sold to customers, booked revenue on 1.1 million BlackBerry smartphones during the period compared to 2.6 million phones the previous year.

With files from Canadian Press

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