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Seagate profits slump

But nearly $3bn in sales

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Disk maker Seagate saw profits fall in the second quarter ended 29 December 2006 despite growing sales.

Costs relating to the acquisition of Maxtor pushed profits down more than 50 per cent.

Seagate made sales of $2,996bn in the quarter ended 30 December 2005, but net income was down to $140m from $287m.

The company spent $76m directly on the acquisition, but said it was successfully shifting Maxtor customers to "more cost-effective, higher margin Seagate products".

In the run up to Christmas the firm sold seven million disc drives for consumer products.

Looking forward, Seagate predicts a further increase in profitability in the traditionally slower second half of the year.

For fiscal 2007 it predicts revenues of between $11.5bn and $11.7bn and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.70 and $1.75.

The company will pay a quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share on or before 16 February.

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