Manugistics Gives Employees Another Involuntary Vacation

For the second time in as many months, supply-chain software maker Manugistics ( MANU) plans to shut down its offices for a week and forceemployees to take unpaid vacation.

A spokesperson for the Rockville, Md.-based company confirmed Mondaythat about 1,000 U.S. employees will take four days of unpaid vacation inSeptember following Labor Day. Manugistics, along with other tech companiessuch as Sun Microsystems ( SUNW) and Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ), imposed a similar shutdown during the week of the July 4 holiday.

The Manugistics spokesperson said the latest round of unpaid vacationdays is part of Manugistics' ongoing efforts to align expenses withexpected revenue. The shutdown, following layoffs of 12% ofManugistics staff, will occur at the beginning of the company's fiscalthird quarter.

Along with other supply-chain software makers, such as i2Technologies ( ITWO) and JDA Software ( JDAS), Manugistics has been reeling from bothstiffer competition among enterprise software makers and customers' aversion to large deals. Manugistics, whose quarter is one-month ahead of its peers, kicked off a dismal earnings season bypreannouncing disappointing first quarter results in June.

Shares of Manugistics fell 3 cents, or 0.9%, to close at $3.38 Monday.Shares declined to $3.32 in after-hours trading.

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