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HP to cut 24,600 jobs amid EDS buy

Associated Press / September 16, 2008
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SAN FRANCISCO - Hewlett-Packard Co. said yesterday it plans to slash 24,600 jobs over the next three years, nearly 8 percent of its workforce, as it combines operations with Electronic Data Systems Corp., the technology services company it recently acquired.

Most of the cuts will come from within EDS's ranks, and nearly half will hit jobs in the United States, HP said yesterday after the markets closed.

HP had not previously detailed how many employees of the combined company would lose their jobs. Before the acquisition, HP had 178,000 people and EDS had 142,000, a total of 320,000.

HP was expected to reveal more details about the integration at a meeting with financial analysts in San Francisco later yesterday.

Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP bought EDS for $13.9 billion in a bid to challenge IBM Corp. for more of the lucrative, long-term business of helping companies manage their computing infrastructure.

HP expects to save $1.8 billion per year from the cuts once the restructuring is complete. The company will incur a $1.7 billion charge in the current quarter, its fiscal fourth quarter, for a goodwill adjustment and other costs connected to the restructuring.

HP chief executive Mark Hurd has been aggressive about cutting costs since he was hired in 2005. His first big act was a major restructuring that eliminated nearly 15,000 jobs.

HP shares fell $1.64 to $45.33 in regular session trading. In after-hours trading, the stock gained 42 cents to $45.75.

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