DiData wipes slate clean with Proxicom disposal

And boy, is it a big slate

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DiData sells Proxicom

Dimension Data has sold Proxicom, the US consultancy it outbid Compaq for in 2001. The networking reseller paid $448m in the heyday of the Internet bubble. It sold the company on for so little that it will have no impact on the bottom line so the figure can stay secret. Chief executive Brett Dawson told newswires: "We can agonise over it forever or we can take the pain, call it a day." The company may get rid of other investments but not on the scale of Proxicom.

Entanet offers

Business Internet provider Entanet is offering members of reseller buying group Brigantia special offers on its ISP services. Brigantia members will get better commission rates, online trading facilities and marketing material for the Web. Entanet provides broadband connections but the end user customers remain the reseller's customers.

Printer sales up

The laser printer market in France, Germany and the UK grew 18 per cent January 2004, according to data from Context. The UK saw the highest year on year growth with sales up 32 per cent. The survey uncovered more evidence that the market is concentrating at the low end. Fastest growth was in sub-$200 machines, which saw 81 per cent growth. The largest number of unit sales were between $200 and $300. The biggest sales increases came from Samsung, Brother, HP and Kyocera Mita with respective growth of 45 per cent, 29 per cent, 22 per cent and 13 per cent.

Plasmon finds a partner

Cambridge-based storage specialist Plasmon has signed a distributition deal with OVEDAS which is granted Authorised Tape Partner status. OVEDAS will distribute Plasmon's tape storage products in the UK.

C2000 bets on Novell

Distributor Computer 2000, the UK arm of Tech Data, is training up its sales team for what it believes will be a big year for Novell sales. It anticipates strong interest and healthy sales for Novell's Small Business Suite 6.5, in particular. ®

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