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MANY CONSUMERS AND businesses still rely on unsupported or
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Westcoast buys stake
in Data Select
ACCORDING TO SOURCES close
to the situation, Westcoast now
owns as much as half of Data
Select who have confi rmed that
the two businesses have “joined
Data Select founder Peter
Jones will continue to lead the
business as the two distributors
continue to operate as separate
entities; however the acquisition
does follow the departure of Date
Select CEO, Fergal Donovan.
The motivation behind the
move is thought to be an attempt
on Westcoast’s behalf to improve
its Samsung mobile offering
without going through a tender
process which would have begun
again in the event of a complete
Profi ts for Data Select fell last
year by just over 10 percent,
fi nishing the 12 months to April
2018 on £1.7 million. Westcoast
ended their respectful fi nancial
year to December 2018 with £14.5
million in profi t for the year, a fi ve
percent increase YoY.
Although confi rmed, details
of the agreement remain