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Hercules given another task

Guillemot Corporation has announced the acquisition of US manufacturer Hercules Computer Technology, which it says allows Guillemot to combine its 3D tech-nological know-how with a first-rate brand.

Established in 1982, Hercules Computer Technology has been credited by some as starting the PC graphics add-in board business. Hercules created, manufactured and marketed graphics cards and 3D accelerators throughout the world. In 1998, the company had a turnover of $US20 million and its status and product positioning in the high-end graphics market ensured worldwide fame with PC users and system builders.

According to Guillemot, it is planning to revitalise Hercules' business to what it was in the past through significant capital and R&D backing. It has announced it will be launching a new range of graphics accelerators under a joint Guillemot/Hercules brand.

Guillemot was started in France 15 years ago and is described as a manufacturer of video games accessories, hardware and peripherals for PCs.

The Australian office opened three years ago.

Guillemot (02) 9362 1414

Online retail boom continues rolling

David Jones has appointed a project leader to work on the retailer's Internet strategy prior to the Christmas rush. The mass-market retailer is selling Christmas hampers to test its e-commerce strategy and judge customer interest.

A source close to the would-be online retailer said the site has att-racted `terrific support' so far with people ordering from the UK, Europe and the US. shares snapped upEftpos service provider EftNet has commenced trading on the ASX after closing its share subscription earlier than expected.

According to EftNet managing director Marc Abonnel: `We have been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for our share issue, not only from professional investors but also from individual shareholders throughout Australia.'

He claimed that analysts have recognised the company as not just another intangible high-tech stock, but one providing real equipment in a rapidly expanding market.

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