The company is shedding 5,400 of its 63,500 employees and taking a number of charges that will halve its quarterly profits.
halve that again, just because the numbers seem so absurd, and vampires are worth $62.5 million each October.
c.1200, halfen "to divide in halves;" see half. Meaning "to reduce by half" is from c.1400. Related: Halved; halving.