TechWeb: Three of the top 10 PC vendors will be pushed out of the business by 2007, research firm Gartner predicted Monday.
The most likely victims? Hewlett-Packard and IBM, said Leslie Fiering, Gartner's research vice president for its client platforms group.
Of the top PC sellers, only Dell has consistently shown profits the past several years, Fiering said, citing the PC divisions of HP and IBM as being vulnerable to spin-off if their overall drag on profitability gets to be unsustainable by the parent corporations.
"Exiting the market may be the only logical choice for vendors bleeding profits and struggling for share," said Fiering in a statement accompanying her prognostication.