Two more UK manufacturers have announced plans to close factories, with job losses in both cases.

Tobacco manufacturer Imperial Tobacco said that it was closing its site in Liverpool with the loss of 140 jobs as part of a restructuring of its European manu­facturing operations.

The site packs Golden Virginia tobacco and produces a small amount of pipe and snuff tobacco. Operations will be transferred to Imperial's sites in Nottingham and Mullingar, Ireland. Closure should be completed by next March.

Meanwhile, ethnic snacks manufacturer SK Chilled Foods has closed its factory in Skelton, Cleveland, with the loss of 50 jobs. It is transferring production to its sites in Middlesbrough.

The news means that so far this year at least eight grocery manufacturers have announced plans to shut factories in the UK, including Heinz, which said it was considering closing its HP factory in Birmingham and transferring production to The Netherlands.