Electronic Data Systems Corp., the world’s second largest computer services company behind IBM, has laid off 2,000 workers worldwide but how many are Triangle-area workers remains unclear.

An EDS spokesman says there were cuts in Raleigh but he declined to reveal a specific number, saying only that no more than 2 percent of local workers have lost their jobs.

In a conference call wityh analysts, Richard Brown, EDS’ chief executive officer, tried to head off speculation that EDS’ relationship with WorldCom, which includes an 11-year $6.4 billion services agreement, is the cause of the cutbacks. But he declined to elaborate, saying only that the latest round of layoffs are part of the company’s continuing efforts at reorganization.

Also, Moody’s Investor Services announced it is reviewing the A1 rating on EDS’ unsecured debt for possible downgrade due to the company’s exposure to WorldCom, according to published reports.

Through first quarter 2002 EDS’ revenue increased 7 percent to $5.34 billion while net income decreased 25 percent to $354 million. The company employs approximately 140,000 workers worldwide. During the last 52 weeks shares of EDS ranged in price from $27.82 to $72.45 and recently traded near $31.70. The company’s market capitalization totals $14.6 billion

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