US industry watchers said they expect PC market leader Dell to cut a further 3000 jobs later this month, following the 1700 losses announced in February.
The numbers are in line with predictions made on 1 February by website fuckedcompany.com that 5000 jobs would soon go, including the group's hosting unit.
The website, which monitors layoffs and bankruptcies in the tech industry, has established a reputation for receiving inside information from disillusioned employees. Its latest prediction on Dell is that over 2600 jobs will go on 16 or 17 May.
While growth in the PC market has slowed, triggering slashes in budgets and redundancies, Dell has managed to increase its global sales by more than a third to become the world's leading supplier of PCs and servers in the first three months of 2001, according to IDC.
Analysts, however, believe that the increase in market share has been partly fuelled by the firm reducing the profit it makes on each machine it sells and that competitors have now followed suit.
This means that if Dell wishes to maintain lower prices than its rivals and meet profits targets it will have to make further cost cuts.
One analyst said Dell needed to cut $100m in quarterly costs, which could be partially achieved by cutting between 3000 and 4000 jobs.
US media have reported Dell executive Tom Meredith as saying the firm would continue to "ruthlessly cut costs" to maintain low prices. However, the company is yet to comment directly on whether this involves further job losses.
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