Sunday, February 10, 2008

Dell stops selling AMD-powered machines online

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Dell Inc said on Friday it had cut from its Web site most consumer computers with chips from Advanced Micro Devices Inc and would sell AMD-based PCs mainly in stores and by phone.

The news sent shares of AMD down as much as 4.7 percent to $6.28. A Dell spokesman said the shift, which took place over the past week, only affects consumer computers available on its Web site and could change.

Shares of AMD rival Intel Corp were up 15 cents at $20.20 and Dell added 14 cents to $19.57.

Dell, the second-largest PC maker after Hewlett-Packard Co, is still selling one AMD-based consumer desktop computer on its Web site, and the Web site will continue to offer AMD-based systems to business customers, spokesman David Frink said.

"We regularly change the way we merchandise our product portfolio," Frink said. "Currently, this is the mix we've put in place for our consumer systems of all types."

Frink said the change affects "a few" Dell laptop and desktop computers offered on its Web site.

AMD had been gaining ground on Intel in the last few years until 2007. By then, Intel had revamped its product line with more advanced chips that used less power.

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