Hewlett-Packard Co’s computer business now accounts for around 83% of the company’s revenue and it claims to be the fourth largest – and fastest growing – PC manufacturer having shipped four million desktops in its 1997 financial year. Unix is a $10bn business, nearly a quarter of revenue. HP was telling Wall Street last week that shipments of desktops rose more than 40%, servers over 50% and notebooks 70% (where it holds a lowly 13th position in the market). It wants to price its systems within 5% of Dell Computer Corp’s kit.
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