Dell profit plunges 47 per cent
Dell's consumer PC business is struggling as more and more consumers are using smartphones and tablets to do basic computing, and the company's corporate customers continue to defer spending due to the uncertain state of the economy.
The No. 3 personal computer maker warned that it sees the challenging global macroeconomic environment continuing in the fourth quarter.
The company, once the world's top PC maker and a pioneer in computer supply chain management, is struggling to defend its market share against Asian rivals like Lenovo. It is trying to bolster growth by focusing on products and services to corporations.
The company said it expects revenue to grow as much as 5 percent in the current quarter.
Our outlook for the quarter would be generally consistent with what we typically see in terms of a seasonal pickup, it said.
Dell said revenue in its fiscal third quarter fell 11 percent to $13.7 billion, slightly lower than the average analyst estimate of $13.89 billion .
It posted net income of $475 million or 27 cents a share in the quarter, compared with $893 million or 49 cents a year earlier. Excluding certain items, it earned 39 cents a share, compared to an average forecast for 40 cents.
Chief Financial Officer Brian Gladden said in an interview that corporate customers continue to defer technology spending.
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