Computer Giant to axe 8,000 staff

US computer maker Dell said today it planned to lay off more than 8,000 employees over the next year as part of an ongoing restructuring.

US computer maker Dell said today it planned to lay off more than 8,000 employees over the next year as part of an ongoing restructuring.

The layoffs, which represent 10% of Dell’s global work force of 88,100 full time and part time employees, comes as Dell struggles to regain market share after Hewlett-Packard ousted it from the top spot in worldwide computer shipments last year.

It was not initially clear in which countries the jobs would be lost.

In the first quarter, HP kept its lead over Dell with about 4% more shipments, according to tech research firms IDC and Gartner.

The jobs announcement came after Dell announced a slight dip in earnings for the first quarter of the year.

The company said it earned $759 million (€560 million) or 34 cents per share, in the three months ended May 4. That compared with $762 million per share in the same period last year.

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