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St. Jude Medical to cut 300 jobs

St. Jude Medical Inc. said Thursday it is cutting 300 jobs as part of a corporate restructuring that the medical device company says will save it $50 million to $60 million annually starting next year, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports.
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St. Jude Medical Inc. said Thursday it is cutting 300 jobs as part of a corporate restructuring that the medical device company says will save it $50 million to $60 million annually starting next year, the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal reports.

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