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Peugeot to create 900 jobs

THE COVENTRY-based carmaker Peugeot confirmed that it is to create 900 jobs by increasing production of the 206 range at its Ryton plant.

Stephen Byers, the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said that 200 of the new jobs would be for the long-term unemployed, taken on through the Government's New Deal programme. Peugeot is adding a third shift at Ryton, raising output to 3,400 cars a week from 2,500 at present.