The move is expected to shift Packard Bell into Acer's control once the Taiwan-based PC company wraps up its $710 million acquisition of Gateway. Acer is aiming for a bigger presence in both the United States and Europe with the Gateway and Packard Bell acquisitions.China's Lenovo initially opened discussions to acquire Packard Bell in an effort to expand its presence in Europe following a similar move that gave it extensive reach within the North American market through the purchase of IBM Corp.'s PC division.
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