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When PC Makers Sell CE Products By Natalie Hope McDonald Dude, you may be getting more than a Dell PC. If several traditional IT manufacturers have their way, you may also be getting a high-definition television, digital camera and MP3 player from the same place you buy your computer equipment. These giant PC makers have stepped into the retailing ring with branded consumer electronic products designed to compete with equally giant CE makers. Gateway and Dell are the two biggest players in this market, having initially made names for themselves with personal computers, but both companies have since added plenty of other merchandise to

By Natalie Hope McDonald CompUSA has experienced success being a cross between a big-box retailer and a consumer electronics retailer that knows computers inside and out. Gateway took notice. The computer manufacturer, known for it's competitive interests against Dell in the custom market, announced a rehaul of its retail operations this month which effects its 268 retail locations nationwide. The rebuilding starts with cutbacks, including almost 80 store closings and layoffs. But according to Gateway financial reports, the scale down is designed to regenerate millions in capital that will, in turn, be used for growth in this retail sector by year's end. According to

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