“The PC industry could be due for a shakeout with slowing growth and flattening revenue likely to weed out some of the smaller players in the next few years, an influential PC analyst said Tuesday. ‘We’re thinking that some vendors might exit the industry in a few years,’ said Gartner analyst Martin Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds predicts the mighty companies like Dell and Hewlett-Packard, will survive but smaller outfits like Fujitsu Siemens and Gateway could bow out in the future,” Red Herring reports.
“In the most recent quarter, Hewlett-Packard and Apple were big winners, beating earnings and sales forecasts. But direct-sales powerhouse Dell, which Mr. Reynolds expects to be around for a long time, missed revenue forecasts the company itself had issued,” Red Herring reports. “Meanwhile, small but highly visible Gateway failed to meet earnings or sales expectations. Fujitsu Siemens, Mr. Reynolds added, has failed to crack the huge U.S. market and likely won’t be making inroads soon.”
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