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infoUSA to Cut 325 Jobs, Close Some Operations

infoUSA (IUSA), a provider of business and consumer databases and sales and marketing services, cut 325 jobs, scaled back its Internet operations and eliminated underperforming divisions.

As a result of the moves, the company expects to improve profitability and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization in 2001. The eliminated positions include administrative and support functions, as well as reductions in the executive staff for underperforming operations. The company will cut 63 job at its majority-owned Internet unit, infoUSA.com.

The company also said it expects to be profitable by the first quarter of 2001. infoUSA significantly reduced its investment in its other Internet companies and closed its VideoYellowPages.com division. The company also scaled back its businessCreditUSA.com division.

infoUSA expects to take a charge in the fourth quarter to cover severance expenses and other nonrecurring restructuring charges. The company last reported 1,985 employees, according to Market Guide.

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