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HP slams Dell, plans to steal its customers

Sharon Gaudin | Feb. 7, 2013
Turbulent PC market, and a history of barbs, has HP taking aim at Dell buyout.

However, Olds said it won't be easy for HP since Dell likely is prepared to fight to hold onto its customers.

Dell's rivals are well-positioned to make hay out of Dell's buyout move, though perhaps not as publicly as HP has. Any time there's change and customers become rattled, there's an opportunity for a competing company to swoop in.

Mikako Kitagawa, an analyst with Gartner, said Dell should be able to fend off most threats.

"For [the enterprise], the threat would be minimal as the buyout would less likely affect Dell's corporate PC business in the short term," Kitagawa said. "But for the consumer business, retailers could be more careful about having a deal with Dell. However, consumer PCs are not Dell's strength so it does not create a major threat for Dell there either."


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