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HP denies rumours of planned PC market exit

A report in the Taiwanese Commercial Times paper suggesting that HP could be looking to offload its laptop business - or even its entire PC division - has been strongly denied by the company.

While HP is heading in some interesting directions as it attempts to recover from the bad PR of the Hurd scandal - including the decision to ensure that all its PCs are capable of dual-booting both Windows and the webOS platform it acquired as part of its purchase of smartphone specialist and PDA pioneer Palm - the claim that it would offload its PC division came as a shock.

The paper's report, picked up by industry rumour mill DigiTimes, fuelled claims across the Internet today that HP was looking to interest Samsung in buying its laptop division, with a sale of the entire PC manufacturing base not off the cards - but HP claims that the whole thing is nonsense.

"Irresponsible reporting by Taiwan’s Commercial Times, suggesting that HP might sell its PC business, should be dismissed as market rumor and speculation," claimed the company in an official statement. "HP runs the world’s largest PC business and it is core to HP’s strategy for the connected world."

While HP's new focus on webOS as a platform for growth means that the company is likely to head in non-traditional directions in the near future, it looks like dropping the PC manufacturing business altogether is an extremely unlikely scenario.