Olivetti Finally Does The Unthinkable

The sold-off PC unit may prosper--and the parent is healthier

Olivetti get out of personal computers? "Why, that's like asking Fiat to stop making automobiles." That was Italian tycoon Carlo De Benedetti's comment just 18 months ago, when billion-dollar losses in Olivetti's PC division were threatening to sink one of Italy's most famous companies.

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