Germany: Pc Heaven For Consumers

An industry shakeout is under way as prices plunge

Andreas Kreutzer, a 39-year-old telecom consultant, heads into the Schadt Computertechnik store in Aachen, Germany, ready to bargain for a rock-bottom price. He's looking for a personal computer with an Intel Corp. Pentium II chip, 64 megabytes of random memory, and a 3.6-gigabyte hard disk. Wincing, the salesman offers a Schadt-assembled Proline computer for $890. Not good enough. Kreutzer heads off to check deals at rival stores.

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