Apple (AAPL), the most profitable consumer electronics company in the world, is reportedly in the midst of a “significant” but quiet workforce reduction at its Apple Stores in the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. MacRumors on Monday said that it has received a number of reports claiming recent hires at Apple Stores in all three locales are being terminated. The site mentions one reported claiming that all staffers who had been employed for less than six months were laid off from one U.K. Apple Store, and another report from a worker claiming to have been recently let go states that “three separate training groups have all been laid off in their entirety within the past week, all of whom were still within their probationary periods as new employees.” MacRumors also claims that a number of long-time workers who had recently been promoted have not received their raises and are being demoted back to their prior roles.

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Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.