HN, Acer forge deal

HN, Acer forge deal

Acer has officially received approval to join the Harvey Norman fold and is expected to become a top 10 supplier, the companies announced last week.

The two companies finalised the arrangement recently after several meetings, in a move that follows Compaq's exit from the retailer's shelves.

John Slack-Smith, general manager for the computer retailer, commented: "Acer has excellent products and is a natural choice."

The computer division of Harvey Norman turned over $566 million last financial year, so for Acer the deal promises rich pickings.

Slack-Smith doesn't believe Acer will cover the entire Compaq business but it is seen as "a welcome addition to the line-up".

As previously reported in ARN, Acer is something of a prodigal son for the retailer as it returns to the fray after a previous partnership between the two was severed nearly three years ago following a disagreement on strategies.

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