Olivetti has lost its second distributor in six months after Westcoast parted company with the vendor last week.
In October, specialist notebook distributor Mobile Planet canned further dealings with Olivetti after experiencing problems with the way the manufacturer handled faulty machines (PC Dealer, 9 October 1996).
Olivetti confirmed last week that it severed its contract with Westcoast by mutual agreement, but refused to give any reasons.
Mike McCormac, Olivetti marketing manager for distribution, said: ?Westcoast and ourselves decided there was no real practical way forward.?
He added that Olivetti was already trying to replace West- coast and was involved in talks with two unnamed distributors.
Westcoast was understood to have been one of the Italian vendor?s top two partners for laptops. Other distributors include ETC, Ingram Micro, Midwich Thame and Micro P.
Westcoast refused to comment as PC Dealer went to press.
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