Dell Is Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms

Dell Is Said to Be in Buyout Talks With Private-Equity Firms

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A customer looks at Dell Inc. laptop computers at a store. By cutting out middlemen and honing manufacturing so companies and consumers got exactly the PC configuration they wanted, Dell grabbed share and piled up profit even with lower operating margins than rivals like IBM and Compaq Computer Corp.