Scottish & Newcastle plans to axe up to 500 jobs from its Scottish Courage UK distribution operation as part of plans to reduce costs by £45m a year. It has already slimmed down the number of jobs in the division over the past year to reduce the distribution workforce to 2,000. The company said it had to boost productivity in a competitive market where volumes were not changing dramatically. That meant "doing the same or more with fewer people". The Business 01/02/04 page 3