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Car rental company Hertz files for bankruptcy in the United States

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The car rental company Hertz has filed for bankruptcy in the US corona crisis.

The corona pandemic led to a “sudden and dramatic” drop in sales and bookings.

International operations of the car rental company in Europe, Australia or New Zealand are not affected by the bankruptcy application.

The car rental company Hertz has filed for bankruptcy in the US corona crisis. The decrease in travel has led to a “sudden and dramatic” drop in sales and bookings, the company, based in Estero, Florida, announced on Friday evening (local time). Business would continue during the restructuring needed because of the crisis. The company has more than $ 1 billion in cash to keep operations running. International operations of the car rental company in Europe, Australia or New Zealand are not affected by the bankruptcy application.

The announcement said Hertz had already taken action when the crisis emerged in March. At the time, the decision was taken to leave or lay off 20,000 employees worldwide – around half of all employees. The number of vehicles and locations will be reduced. Nevertheless, the intention is to continue to offer customers the same quality and to pay suppliers and employees. Loyalty programs should also continue.

The crisis has severely affected the US economy

Hertz is one of the largest rental car companies worldwide and is rented out
Vehicles also under the company names of Dollar and Thrifty.
Hertz said the group had dealings with its largest creditors
cannot agree on a long-term reduction in payments.
There are also hopes for support from the US government
Car rental companies have been smashed.

The crisis has severely affected the US economy. Just about a week ago, the 118-year-old J.C. Penney filed for bankruptcy. After the bankruptcy filings of the chain stores Neiman Marcus and J. Crew, J.C. Penney is the largest corona victim in US retail to date. Around 85,000 people work for the company. J.C. Penney still has over 800 stores, many of which are at the heart of American malls.

Since the US coronavirus pandemic escalated in March, more than 38 million people have lost their jobs at least temporarily – more than ever before in such a short time. The United States is in a severe economic crisis because of the pandemic. President Donald Trump is urging the US states to loosen protective measures as quickly as possible in order to get the economy going again before the presidential election in November.

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