Bentley goes on three-day week amid falling sales

Bentley is putting many of its workers on a three-day week because of falling car sales

Premium UK car maker Bentley is putting many workers at its Crewe factory on a three-day week.

The cut in production for around 1,400 of the 4,000 staff at the plant is the result of falling sales arising from the economic downturn.

The luxury car maker says there has been a 16 per cent fall in global sales in the year to date, with demand dropping the most in the US market.

Staff will stay on full pay until production is stepped up again under a "time banking" agreement.

Bentley says it is a temporary measure which is being monitored constantly and the firm expects the situation to remain challenging for the rest of this year and into the start of 2009.

But Bentley says the steps should safeguard the brand's value and the future security of the company and its workforce.

Bentley is part of Volkswagen Group, Europe's largest car manufacturer.

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