Daimler Ups Work Hours For Some Employees

BERLIN (AP) -- German carmaker Daimler AG said Monday it was returning some employees of its Rastatt plant back to full-time work amid an increase in demand for its Mercedes B-class automobiles.

Daimler spokeswoman Nicole Kicherer said that by the end of May, only some 57,000 of the company's workers would be on reduced hours compared with more than 60,000 in the first three months of the year.

Stuttgart-based Daimler cut the work week at its Rastatt plant to four days and sometimes three days from Jan. 12 until the end of February as part of companywide efforts to shave some euro2 billion ($2.7 billion) off expenditures.

Shares of Daimler were up .79 percent to euro25.84 in afternoon trading in Frankfurt.

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