It’s no secret that PC sales have suffered massive declines over the past few quarter. Recently three of the biggest PC manufacturers entered into merger discussions to present a united front and plug the declining sales. If an arrangement was reached it would have seen Vaio, Toshiba and Fujitsu join forces, but according to a new report the big three of the PC industry might not merge after all.
The Wall Street Journal reports today that talks between these three companies are now at the risk of collapse. It cites unnamed sources in the report who claim that Vaio has already backed out of the talks and that while Fujitsu and Toshiba are still engaged with each other, an agreement is not likely.
Apparently neither Fujitsu nor Toshiba is interested in taking a majority stake in the new entity. When discussions were taking place it was reported at one point that Vaio had agreed to take the controlling stake in the new company but the three companies were reportedly not able to reach an agreement on the exact terms of the proposal.
So far there’s no indication from either of these three companies that they’re likely to join forces in the near future. Whether or not the bet would have paid off is an entirely different matter.