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Toshiba Europe boss quells talk of PC biz sale

Paul Kunert

Toshiba has scotched talk in the Far East that it is in discussions to offload its PC business to acquisitive netbook pioneer Asustek Computer.

According to a report in the Digi Times, Asustek chairman Jonney Shih said it was plotting a path to become the third highest selling mobile PC vendor on the planet by 2011 and to this end had already established contact with Toshiba.

However, Alan Thompson, president for Toshiba Europe told MicroScope that while both firms have a contract manufacturing deal there was no plan to get out of the PC market.

"We supply to them and they supply to us but on this particular topic we are not in discussion with them," said Thompson.

Worldwide shipment data by Gartner had Toshiba as the fifth highest selling PC vendor in Q3, but EMEA market numbers by rival analyst IDC showed that ASUS held the fourth spot in terms of market share, just above Toshiba.

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