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HP revives plans to combine PC and printer businesses

Hewlett-Packard is planning to combine its printer and personal computer businesses into one unit, according to the Wall...

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Hewlett-Packard is planning to combine its printer and personal computer businesses into one unit, according to...

the Wall Street Journal.

If confirmed, the move will reinstate a measure by former chief executive Carly Fiorina to boost HP's PC business by combining it with the then stronger printer division.

Fiorina's successor, Mark Hurd split the business units shortly after taking over as chief executive in 2005.

Hurd is yet to approve plans to recombine the units under the leadership of Todd Bradley, the current head of HP's PC division.

It is unclear what role current printer chief Vyomesh Joshi would play in the newly combined operations, the report said.

Last month, HP reported in financial results for the third quarter of 2009 that PCs accounted for 12% of profits, compared with 30% for the printer division.

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