Dell and Lexmark have announced an agreement for the two companies to develop and produce inkjet and laser printers that will be sold directly to customers through Dell’s Web site. Lexmark will become Dell’s preferred supplier for non-Dell imaging products in the initial phase of the agreement. By using Lexmark’s imaging technologies in the second phase, the companies will work together to launch products in the first half of next year, they said. Dell created a great deal of speculation over its announcement during its second-quarter earnings announcement in August that it would enter the printer and personal digital assistant markets by the end of 2002. Prior to that announcement, Hewlett-Packard said it would stop supplying Dell with its printers amid the companies’ new rivalry in the PC market.