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is reconsidering the price and the purchase of


consulting unit, according to


, which is citing H-P's CEO Carly Fiorina as saying as much at a

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conference in New York.

Fiorina said the company is re-evaluating the value of the acquisition to its shareholders at the previously announced $17 billion to $18 billion price tag. One problem is that integrating a consulting business might slow growth.

The acquisition would make H-P more competitive with


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by providing more software and services to potential buyers of its computer systems, which could boost equipment sales and revenue.