Dell Earnings Disappoint as PC Sales, Windows 8 Fail to Save It
November 16, 2012 7:19 PM
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Dell's profit fell 47 percent to 39 cents per share while revenue dropped 11 percent to $13.7 billion
Dell's financial report for the third quarter seems to have missed the targets predicted by Wall Street on many levels due to
sluggish PC sales
For Q3 2012, Dell's profit fell 47 percent to 39 cents per share while revenue dropped 11 percent to $13.7 billion from a year previous (Wall Street expected $13.9 billion). Its net income fell from $893 million (49 cents per share) in Q3 2011 to $475 million (27 cents per share) in Q3 2012.
A large reason for Dell's financial tumble is the lack of demand for PC upgrades. Dell's PC shipments fell 8.3 percent in Q3 2012 from a year earlier.
“In a difficult global IT spending environment we saw solid proof points that demonstrate progress in our strategy,” said Brian Gladden, Dell CFO. “A highlight has been the strong progress of our newly introduced servers, with our server and networking business up 11 percent. We’re also encouraged by early interest in our new Windows 8 touch portfolio and the opportunities it creates for our commercial and consumer businesses.”
, Dell predicts a fourth quarter revenue of $14 billion to $14.4 billion, which is a bit less than the $14.5 billion analysts were shooting for. In Q4 2011, revenue was $16 billion.
In response to all of this disappointing news, Dell stock dropped to $8.81 this morning, which is the lowest its been since March 12, 2009.
While Dell is
looking to Windows 8 for some kind of revival
, the new operating system hasn't provided any immediate boost for PC makers. In fact, Gladden said Windows 8 wouldn't affect Dell's financial results for the next two quarters.
"The client business continues to be challenging," said Gladden. "Commercial customers tend to be lagging adopters of a new operating system. They're going to wait."
To make matters worse, Microsoft doesn't solely depend on PC makers for hardware anymore. Last month, it released its first tablet hardware,
, which features the RT version of the Windows 8 mobile OS. Next year, Microsoft plans to release the Surface Pro, which will run Windows 8 Pro.
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11/18/2012 11:27:20 PM
Whatever floats your best man. You buy the best phone for you and let others do the same. I totally disagree with the root of your logic but we will have to agree to disagree. With that said we should easily agree that I am right and you are wrong. LOL
RE: Some advice.........
11/19/2012 1:46:36 AM
I have always said that if someone wants bigger screens, keyboards, SD cards, tinkering/rooting their OS, sideloading apps, or cheaper low end devices, that those options are out there with Android and that people should buy them. Hell, I've advocated Windows Phone long before it was "ok" to do so. I think it has many of its own benefits, namely UI and huge potential with apps due to its SDK and programming languages. If you value the best hardware with the highest quality apps and the best centralized OS/vendor support, then iOS devices are generally the way to go.
Its all about pros and cons and tradeoffs.
I've always spoken in tradeoffs, a far cry from the one-dimensional "hurr durr Android rules Apple drools" circlejerk that goes around here.
PS - LOL :)
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