Everywhere you turn, you read about how computer makers are in trouble. Both Dell (DELL) and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), for example, recently conceded that PC sales are steadily falling as more consumers buy tablet computers like the iPad.
That should spell trouble for this company, which is a leading producer of hard disk drives for many PC manufacturers. But Western Digital (WDC) saw trouble coming a few years ago and took decisive action that is now paying off smartly. The company went out and bought some key rivals such as Hitachi, which not only helped it to maintain market share, but also gave it better pricing leverage when dealing with PC makers.
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