SAN FRANCISCO - Dell Inc said it will close a North Carolina desktop computer manufacturing plant early next year, laying off 905 workers, as the world's No. 2 PC maker continues to shed jobs and streamline its business.

The closure of the Winston-Salem facility is expected to be completed in January, Dell said on Wednesday.

About 600 of the affected employees are expected to be laid off next month.

The company cut 11,000 jobs last fiscal year and has been moving to overhaul its cost structure as its PC sales have been pinched by the global downturn.

Shares of Round Rock, Texas-based Dell fell 1.9 percent to $15.22. (Reporting by Gabriel Madway)