China-based Lenovo group is rumoured to be in talks with NEC to merge.
Lenovo is trying to buy a majority stake in NEC`s PC arm in a bid to expand into Japan`s PC market, according to Japanese news reports.
NEC acknowledged the reports in a statement but has not issued any announcement about the PC business. No decision had been made about the PC business, the company said.
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Experts have said that Lenovo has recently benefitted from a booming Chinese PC market.
Lenovo held 10.4% of the global PC market for the fourth quarter of 2010, putting it in fourth place behind Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Acer, according to figures from IDC research.
Lenovo is no stranger to acquisitions, having bought IBM's PC division in 2005.