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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.”

Looking forward, 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, Surface RT, 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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RE: Windows 8 the savior ???
By rdhood on 11/19/2012 12:23:42 PM , Rating: 2
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Seriously, take a look at the Steam hardware survey, 50% of gamers are still using a Dual-Core processor, 40% are using Direct X 10 graphics cards still and the average Ram amount per machine is 4gb.


That was/is me. I have one dual core intel processor (Core 2 Duo 4300) left still running (since 2006/2007). I replaced an E6300 about two months ago when the motherboard stopped booting. I replaced it with a 6 core AMD Phenom 1045 + mother board and 8 GB of memory.. all for under $135.

The Core2Duo processors were the first bunch of processors that I never upgraded just to upgrade. They are/were powerful enough to hang onto until the MB/Processor died in some way. Still, they are plenty powerful enough to run Windows 7, and their replacements (in my case, AMD Phenom 6 core processor) are 5x the performance for a very minimal upgrade cost.


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