PC maker Dell to cut 7,000 jobs
At least 7,000 jobs are set to be lost at computer firm Dell after it said it
would cut its global workforce by 10%.
The PC maker has struggled with falling sales and rising costs, prompting
founder Michael Dell to take direct charge of the firm earlier this year.
Mr Dell said the job losses would be "difficult" but stressed they were
critical if the firm was to deliver better value to customers.
The US firm employs more than 78,700 staff worldwide.
Dell has found life difficult in the face of falling PC costs and tough
competition from the likes of a resurgent Hewlett Packard.
In response, it has overhauled its management team and focused on improving
technical support for customers and moving into fast-growing markets like China
It recently started selling PCs through Wal-Mart stores in the US.
Despite this, Dell said it needed to substantially reduce its workforce over
the next year to remain competitive.
As well as the US, Dell has significant operations in both Europe and Asia.
It employs about 1,500 staff in Bracknell in the UK, where its European
headquarters are based, and about 4,500 employees in Ireland.
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