Some retailers are considering limiting Hewlett Packard (HP) shelf space in their stores, following concerns that the HP/Compaq merger may give the company too much presence on the shop floor.
Best Buy, the largest retailer of HP branded products, has warned that the combined companies give HP too much shelf space in its shops, despite HP's intention to keep the brands separate in a bid to maintain both.
In an article in the Financial Times, Best Buy suggested that it may actually restrict shelf space for HP branded products in its stores.
Jeff Clarke, executive vice president at HP, acknowledged that retailers may choose to offer other products when they see the amount of shelf space taken up by HP and Compaq products.
However, he was also quoted saying that, although the firm had not yet outlined its strategy for differentiating between HP and Compaq brands, it would continue to maintain both.
"The HP brand and Compaq brand will stand for different things in the future," he said.
Analysts have expressed concern at the company's intention to maintain two brands in the same retail space, warning that it does not make economic sense.
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