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Following a weak second quarter performance resulting in a 72 percent drop in profits to $204 million and flat revenue growth of $14.5 billion, Dell initiated a round of layoffs. The struggling PC maker confirmed it initiated a "limited workforce action," but Dell Spokesman David Frink declined to provide specifics on the scope of the layoffs or the locations affected. India may be one of the affected layoff sites. Dell is reportedly considering closing its call center in Mohali, which would result in approximately 1,000 jobs getting cut, according to The Economic Times. According to its filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Dell had approximately 108,800 regular employees worldwide at the end of its fiscal year on Feb. 1. 40,500 of them were in the U.S., and approximately 68,300 were based offshore, according to the filing. Even though the company recently instituted cuts, Frink said the computer maker added employees to its U.S. and global workforce this year and last, and, perhaps more importantly, the company continues to hire. It's not clear whether these new hires will be stationed in the U.S., aboard or both. "We…continue to hire for a variety of skill sets as we invest in additional engineering, technology solutions and enterprise sales capabilities," Frink said.