The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Officially Splits Into Two Companies

Hewlett-Packard officially split into two companies over the weekend. HP Inc., which will sell personal computers and printers. Hewlett Packard Enterprise will sell commercial computer systems, software and tech services.

Monday marked the first day Hewlett Packard operated as two companies, including new logos as well as the signs have been changed at its Palo Alto headquarters.

But now comes the hard part for Hewlett Packard: Trying to convince customers to buy now that the long-struggling company has changed.

"I do think if margins continue to shrink and the two companies can't work together to create solutions, then they will lose customers and have more layoffs," said Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies.

The move to split into two companies also changes things for Hewlett Packard investors. Two separate companies are now trading on the stock exchange with two different stock symbols.

The split comes while Hewlett Packard prepares for layoffs the company announced in September.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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