China’s Lenovo Group Ltd will bring Fujitsu Ltd’s personal computer business under its control, allowing the Japanese company to focus on IT services and other businesses, the Nikkei business daily reported on Thursday. The two companies aim to reach a deal this month, with some 2,000 Fujitsu workers likely move to Lenovo, the paper said, without saying where it got the information.
Fujitsu’s shares gained 7 percent in early trade to hit their highest level since January, compared with a 0.8 percent gain for the broader market. Lenovo shares were up 1 percent.
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Fujitsu may transfer its design, development and manufacturing operations to a joint venture led by Lenovo or Lenovo may opt to buy a majority stake in the Japanese company’s PC unit, the Nikkei said. It did not mention potential financial terms.
Fujitsu said in a statement it was considering various options for the PC unit but had not yet made a decision on its future. Lenovo declined to comment. Global demand for PCs has been squeezed by sales of smartphones and tablet computers. Smaller makers less able to benefit from large scale production face an uncertain future.
In the second quarter of this year, worldwide shipments of PCs were stronger than expected, but nonetheless shrank 4.5 percent from a year earlier to 62.4 million units, according to technology research company IDC.
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