Dell insists it kept options open

Dell had considered many strategic options before opting to go private, it said in a regulatory filing revealed yesterday. The struggling PC maker struck a deal last week to go private in a $24.4bn deal. It said it retained a management consultant to help assess its “strategic position” and concluded that the all-cash deal was in shareholders’ best interests. Dell said the statement was in response to “certain inquiries” but did not elaborate on the nature of the queries.