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Japan’s Fujitsu eyeing PC unit’s merger with China’s Lenovo

 PTI |  2016-10-07 21:55:50.0  |  Tokyo

Shares in Japanese IT giant Fujitsu soared on Thursday on news it is considering merging its struggling personal computer division with China’s Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC maker.

A deal would mark the latest move by a Japanese firm to hive off struggling divisions to repair their finances, with Toshiba and Sony among a string of companies that have sold off assets in recent years.

Japanese personal computer makers have been scaling back their businesses as consumers move to mobile devices to check e-mail or use the web.

The leading Nikkei business daily said the merger was among a number of options Fujitsu was considering for the money-losing unit. It did not give financial details.

In response, the conglomerate confirmed it is looking at “various possibilities including the reported move” but did not elaborate.The firm’s Tokyo-listed stock surged nearly six percent to close at 568.7 yen on Thursday.

Fujitsu has been struggling to find a partner for its PC unit. It had been in talks with Toshiba and Vaio to merge their once high-flying personal computer businesses, but the talks have yet to result in a deal.

The reports today from the Nikkei and other Japanese media said Fujitsu and Lenovo were aiming to reach a deal by the end of this month as Fujitsu looks to focus more on its IT services business.

Possible options include transferring its PC design, development and manufacturing operations to a Lenovo-led joint venture, the Nikkei said.

Another option could see Lenovo taking a majority stake in Fujitsu’s PC subsidiary, it said, adding that either move could see about 2,000 Fujitsu employees move over to the Chinese company.Lenovo already has a PC joint venture with Japan’s NEC. 

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