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Acer's Mooovin' on up; Buys Gateway

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Posted August 27, 2007 - By badexec

The Wall Street Journal reports that Acer Inc. has agreed to buy Gateway Inc. for the hefty sum of $710M.  This is the latest and potentially the last in a long string of consolidations in the PC market.  Unless Dell tries to buy HP...

The proposed buyout would vault Taiwan based Acer into the number 3 spot for PC manufacturers, behind Hewlett-Packard and Dell.  The current #3 is Lenovo Group which bought out IBM's PC division two years ago.  Even more interesting, both Gateway and Lenovo have been in talks to buy out Packard Bell (the #6 manufacturer).  The deal with Acer would include the Packard Bell assets as well, giving Acer enough juice to possibly make Dell and HP squirm a little.

For you Cult of Mac folks: this would make Apple the #4 PC supplier in the US.

I for one hope that the new Acer / Gateway / Packard Bell keeps the creativity seen in the more recent Gateway commercials and those cool cow pattern boxes. 

Wall Street Journal: Acer's Gateway Purchase Vaults It Ahead of Lenovo

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