Profits slide, but Dell says new strategy on track

Nov 15, 2012
Dell said its third-quarter profit slid 47 percent from a year ago, but claimed its new strategy emphasizing software and cloud computing was paying off.

Dell said Thursday its third-quarter profit slid 47 percent from a year ago, but claimed its new strategy emphasizing software and cloud computing was paying off.

Dell, one of the major PC manufacturers which has been hurt by a shift to tablets and other , reported net income fell to $475 million, or 39 cents a share, a penny short of analyst forecasts.

Revenues dipped 11 percent from a year ago to $13.72 billion, also below expectations.

But Dell said its "enterprise solution strategy" showed positive results with server and networking revenue increasing 11 percent.

"In a difficult global IT spending environment we saw solid proof points that demonstrate progress in our strategy," said Brian Gladden, Dell's .

"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 ."

Texas-based Dell, once the biggest PC maker, has fallen to third place in , according to market tracker IDC.

Dell has expanded its effort in the Internet "cloud" in the face of softening demand for traditional computing hardware and has also moved into software and other services.

Dell announced in June it will use some of its cash stockpile to pay dividends in a bid to boost shareholder value.

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