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Carly Fiorina, the $90m Woman, is to let her top US salespeople choose their "own" cars, in a radical shakeup at HP. HP’s American Unix systems sales reps are performing like dogs -- and their (fleet) cars are to blame. They have to drive around in Ford Tauruses, poor things. This symbolises HP’s "plodding, conservative culture", according to Reuters (Pot calls kettle black?). Under the $90m Woman, more HP salespeople will get the cash to buy their own cars. More salespeople will get sacked too, Fiorina says. Nothing's wrong with the HP’s Unix server line, she says, so the sales reps must be to blame. Her comments accompany a profit warning, Friday morning. The Taiwan earthquake would limit the gains for a strong PC performance in the fourth quarter, Fiorina revealed. Group sales are now expected to come in at the low end of analyst expectations of the 10-13 per cent growth rate for the quarter. ®

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