Hewlett unveils merger of divisions

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Hewlett Packard said it was merging its printer and PC business in a major reorganisation to save costs and boost growth.

The unit will be headed by HP chief Todd Bradley, the company said.

“Ensuring we have the right organisational structure in place is a critical first step in driving improved execution, and increasing effectiveness and efficiency,” chief executive Meg Whitman said.

“The result will be a faster, more streamlined, performance-driven HP that is customer focused and poised to capitalise on rapidly shifting industry trends,” she added.

The company is also planning to unify other functions such as marketing across the business to promote a stronger brand and improve efficiency.

HP, the largest US technology company by revenue, is struggling to keep its core personal computing business in the black as mobile devices from tablets to smartphones eat into sales. The company is trying to reinvent itself as a major enterprise computing provider.

The decades-old corporation has been through its share of turmoil in past years.

HP considered for months last year a proposal to sell or spin-off its PC arm, known as the personal systems group. That emerged as the company announced it would get out of the business of making tablets with the failure of its TouchPad.

HP’s moves evoked a mixed response from analysts. While they felt Whitman was moving at an impressive speed to fix issues at the company, the advantages of the integration were unclear.