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The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Dell was planning to sell its computer factories to help cut $3bn in costs. Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Dell was planning to sell its computer factories to help cut $3bn in costs. Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Dell was planning to sell its computer factories to help cut $3bn in costs. Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images

Dell Inc., who employ 3,000 in Limerick and 1,350 in Dublin, is trying to sell all of its manufacturing plants worldwide and has approached contract computer manufacturers, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

The proposed factory sales, intended to slash costs, mark a significant shift from Dell's long-standing strategy of making its own products, the Journal said. Instead Dell would sign agreements with contract manufacturers, he WSJ reported.

Dell would ensure that any contract manufacturer who purchased a factory would reach agreement to make hardware for Dell; the Texas-based company may sell all of its plants within 18 months, the newspaper added.

T.R. Reid, a Singapore-based Dell spokesman for Asia Pacific and Japan, declined to comment on the report, citing company policy not to comment on speculation. (Bloomberg)