Dell Computer Corp. in September made official what the company has alluded to for months: The personal computer giant is getting into the printer business.

Round Rock, Texas-based Dell announced an agreement with Kentucky-based printer manufacturer Lexmark International Inc. to produce Dell inkjet and laser printers and cartridges that will be sold directly to customers.

Dell will offer special packages pushing Lexmark printers during the holiday shopping season. Dell-brand printers will be sold in the first half of next year, said Dell spokesman Jess Blackburn. The companies did not disclose...

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