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Japanese electronics outfit NEC is due to issue a statement later this afternoon concerning the future of its computer plant in West Lothian, Scotland.

Some 200 jobs are reportedly under threat as NEC decides whether to shut the plant or find a buyer.

NEC claims it is looking at the future of West Lothian - and an operation in Malaysia - in response to the downturn in demand for PCs.

An NEC spokesman told Reuters: "We are negotiating to sell the facilities, including a transfer of the employees, but nothing concrete has been decided." ®

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