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SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 22 (Reuters) - Hewlett-Packard Co HPQ.N said on Monday it agreed to buy Atos Origin Middle East group to broaden its consulting and system integration business in the region. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Atos Origin Middle East is a privately held group of companies based in Bahrain that employs more than 450 people. It was formed in 2006 after the French information-technology services group Atos Origin SA ATOS.PA sold its Middle East operation to local management.
HP shares were down 55 cents, or about 1 percent, at $50.85 in mid-day trading. The Dow Jones Industrial average was down 0.3 percent.
Palo Alto, California-based HP said it expects the sale to be completed in November. AOME group specializes in resource-planning systems based on technology from SAP AG SAPG.DE, the world's largest maker of business management software.
The planned acquisition would be HP's third in the past several months aimed at helping corporate customers manage computer systems. In July, HP agreed to buy software maker Opsware Inc OPSW.O for about $1.6 billion as well as Neoware Inc NWRE.O for $214 million.
HP said the Atos Origin Middle East acquisition will boost its business in SAP capabilities in the Middle East, strengthen its expertise in the public sector and in oil and gas, and expand its presence to Libya and Qatar.
(Reporting by Philipp Gollner in San Francisco, John Tilak in Bangalore and Dominique Vidalon in Paris)
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