Jobs cut at Sony Corp in Lund

149 jobs are to go at Sony Corp's mobile phone research facilities in Lund as part of a worldwide jobs cuts plan by the Japanese electronics group. The company employs around 2,500 people in the university city in southern Sweden which is one of its key research and development centres.

"We got given notice at the end of March that 149 jobs would be cut, and we are negotiating with the company now about those," Lene Eriksson, representative of the Unionen umbrella union group at Sony Mobile told AP news agency. A Sony Mobile spokesman confirmed that 149 jobs were to go, but would not comment further.

Meanwhile, Swedish industrial production suffered its sharpest fall since 2009 in February, calling into question expectations the central bank will not take rates any lower.