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Byline: Doug Tsuruoka
On paper, it seems like the fiercest threat to IBM Corp. in years. But at second glance, analysts say, the results might not be that dramatic.
Hewlett-Packard Co.'s plan to buy Compaq Computer Corp. would create a huge competitor in computer hardware and services. The merged company would overlap with Big Blue in every major product area except mainframes. (See related stories, bottom of this page and on A8.)
Together, HP and Compaq combined for revenue of about $87.4 billion in their last four quarters, only slightly less than IBM's $90 billion.
But some analysts weighing the impact on IBM say the deal's more of a paper tiger than a real one, at least at this stage.