Responding to dismal fourth-quarter earnings, financial services giant Merrill Lynch said today that it will cut 9,000 jobs and take a pre-tax charge totaling $2.2 billion.

The firm expects fourth-quarter net revenues to fall about 8% below the previous quarter, partly because of lower debt trading revenues and investment banking activity. In addition, Merrill, which maintained offices in New York’s World Trade Center, said it has also suffered expenses associated with relocating its staff in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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