German reseller Debis Systemhaus this week expanded its European presence through the takeover of France's fifth largest Unix and Windows reseller.
The acquisition of Groupe Spring, a desktop services provider, gives Debis Systemhaus offices in Switzerland and Italy to add to its existing ones in France, Austria, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Founded in 1994, Groupe Spring recorded an increase in sales of 17 per cent to FFr674 million (#72 million) for the year ended September 1998. The company sells Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Sun and Compaq servers and workstations, as well as consulting and networking.
Groupe Spring, with 220 staff, is now a debis Systemhaus subsidiary. Company founder Jean-Claude Yague, who continues as president, said he expected sales to increase to around FFr830 million (#88.9 million) in 1999 following the acquisition.
Debis Systemhaus is owned by Daimlerchrysler Services. Its sales for 1998 were expected to be approximately DM4 billion (#1.5 billion).
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