Danka aids Kodak unit

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In a move to ease the burden of its financially troubled Office Imaging business, Eastman Kodak Co. will turn over sales, marketing and equipment service functions of the unit to Danka Business Systems, St. Petersburg, Fla. The $684 million deal will affect 10,400 Kodak employees--6,000 in the U.S.--who will be offered employment at Danka. The unit, which the company reportedly had been trying to sell, has held back earnings performance at Kodak for years..

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