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World's biggest software biz SAP not selling as much, er, software

Sales of actual business software at the world’s largest maker of business software fell in its second quarter, but SAP said that the firm had made more money from cloud subscriptions and support services. Overall sales were up 4 per cent. Sales of software at the German biz had fallen seven per cent to €982m ($1.28bn) in the …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Jul 2013
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Big Yellow loses its head... again: Symantec, we need to talk

Symantec recently fired Steve Bennett, its second CEO in two years. As a previous chairman of the board, Bennett was part of the team that shifted off the previous CEO. Apparently now, new blood is needed to "act aggressively to capture a growing share of this market," in the words of the new chief, Michael Brown. Steve Bennet …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2014

AMD's chip-supply reassessment leads to big quarterly losses

AMD has released its financial results for the fourth quarter of 2012, and as expected, the numbers aren't pretty. In early December, AMD slashed its Wafer Supply Agreement with its chip-baking partner, Globalfoundries, and warned investors that it was going to take a sharp hit due to that action. They were right. If that …
Rik Myslewski, 22 Jan 2013
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Apple blows past (most) Wall Street moneymen's expectations

After Apple announced its new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display last October, CEO Tim Cook offered the hopeful opinion that "it's going to be an iPad Christmas." Turns out his hopes were fulfilled. Apple has announced its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal 2014 – which happens to coincide with the …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Jan 2014
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Yahoo! revenues! dip! 4! per! cent!

Yahoo! revenues dipped 4 per cent during its fourth quarter as the company adjusts to life as a Microsoft spouse. During the quarter ending December 31, Yahoo!' pulled in $1.2bn if you exclude traffic acquisition costs, down from $1.26bn in the same quarter last year. The company said the 4 per cent drop was due in large part to …
Cade Metz, 25 Jan 2011
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Amazon: We have great cash flow - it flows straight out of our hands

Amazon's shares hit a record yesterday, despite well-disguised but nonetheless concerning full year financial results and fourth quarter profits. Investors were lapping up the giant etailer's shares after hours, pushing the stock up 8.7 per cent to $260.35. But their enthusiasm was somewhat confusing, as Amazon's yearly figures …

Cisco boosts sales and profits despite softness in switching and routing

Cisco Systems took a big bet more than four years ago when it jumped into the server market with its Unified Computing System blade and rack servers and started peddling converged Nexus switches at the same time. Those bets have paid off, and rising sales of these products are filling in the revenue gaps in the quarter ended in …

AMD posts mediocre numbers, cites 'difficult market environment'

AMD released its financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which bracketed the Wall Street moneymen's predictions with revenues a tad higher than forecast and the all-important earnings per share (EPS) a tad lower.* For the quarter, AMD's EPS number came in at negative $0.19 on revenues of $1.09bn, the …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Apr 2013

Nvidia CEO: Android 'the most disruptive operating system in decades'

Nvidia cofounder, president, and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang is a big, big fan of the Android operating system – a fact that he made abundantly clear when speaking with analysts and reporters after announcing his company's financial results for the third quarter of its 2014 fiscal year on Thursday. "Android is the most disruptive …
Rik Myslewski, 08 Nov 2013
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Intel reports growth in PC sales and makes mobile top priority

Intel's latest quarterly results came in slightly below analysts' expectations but carry promising news for Chipzilla's PC business, and new CEO Brian Krzanich says things are looking promising for the firm. "In the second quarter, we delivered on our quarterly outlook and made several key product announcements," he said. "In my …
Iain Thomson, 17 Jul 2013

Apple 'happy ending': BULGING iPhone WAD - but can it ever be enough?

Apple has reported its financial results for the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2013: its numbers handily outperformed the projections published by the Wall Street moneymen, though net income slipped from the same period last year. For the quarter, Apple's all-important earnings per share (EPS) came in at $8.26 on revenues of $37. …
Rik Myslewski, 28 Oct 2013
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Computacenter profits tumble after German 'stumble'

UK IT outsourcing giant Computacenter saw pre-tax profit fall more than 10 per cent in the 12 months ended 31 December. The company reported to the City this morning that revenues for 2012 were relatively flat, up 2.2 per cent to £2.91bn compared to £2.85bn a year earlier. Profit before tax stood at £64.8m - a fall from £72.1m …
Team Register, 12 Mar 2013
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IBM gorges on cheap debt for share buybacks, acquisitions

IBM sometimes behaves like a bank, and sometimes like a private equity firm. Sometimes it even behaves like an IT vendor. This week, in selling $1bn in debt for doing acquisitions, Big Blue is behaving like a private equity firm. The debt is being sold between Monday and Thursday this week and pays out 2 percent on 30 November, …
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IBM gooses dividend, share buybacks

It's been so long since IBM has seen a stock split, Wall Street has probably forgotten that it's even possible. But you can bet Sam Palmisano's last dollar that Big Blue is itching to do one, and by boosting its dividend and announcing yet another massive share repurchase campaign, it's one step closer perhaps to its first stock …
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Facebook beats analyst estimates, talks up mobile plans

Mobile was the big topic for Facebook during its second quarter as a public company, and execs spent much of their Q3 earnings call on Tuesday trying to convince analysts and investors that the social network has a strong future beyond the desktop. "I think our opportunity on mobile is the most misunderstood aspect of Facebook …
Neil McAllister, 24 Oct 2012
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Super Micro closes out record year, eager to cross Ivy Bridge

Motherboard and whitebox server maker Super Micro Computer has just closed out a bumper fiscal 2013, despite issues from hard-drive shortages, an uncertain European economy, and having to ramp up its factories in the Netherlands and Taiwan. Having outgrown the server market by a factor of three in the prior twelve months, …
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HP posts $8.9bn loss on slow sales, charges in Q3

As expected, Hewlett Packard's earnings slumped in the three months ending in July, causing the PC maker to post a third-quarter loss of $8.9bn, or $4.49 per share, which was in line with the high end of analyst estimates. Much of that loss can be attributed to an $8bn write down of its Enterprise Services division, which is …
Neil McAllister, 22 Aug 2012

Fat boxes keep Super Micro from slumping

Super Micro – king of the whitebox server makers – turned in a pretty good quarter ended in March, the third quarter of its fiscal 2013, not by pushing more iron, but by peddling a smaller amount of much heftier iron. In the quarter, sales were down a bit sequentially – which was no surprise at all, given the traditional bump in …
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US sales rebound for Teradata as customers run out of capacity

Business starting cooling off in the United States for data warehouse appliance maker Teradata in the third quarter last year, and now it is starting to pick up again as companies need to add more capacity to their systems. Teradata now thinks it can hit the low-end of its revenue guidance for all of 2013, something that was not …
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Teradata rides big data wave in Q4, does better than expected

Systems vendor Teradata is riding the twin waves of traditional data warehousing and new-fangled big data munching, and is doing a pretty good job positioning itself to stay relevant in an increasingly Hadoopy world.  The company just turned in better numbers for the fourth quarter than Wall Street expected, but then Wall Street …
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Cisco wins tax battles with Uncle Sam, posts big bump in profits

Networking giant and server upstart Cisco Systems is feeling pretty good about the financial results for its most recent quarter, and not just because business is stabilizing in some of its key markets but also because some battles with the US Internal Revenue Service have ended in its favor to the tune of nearly $1bn. In the …
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Moto earnings shockr

Motorola revised its earnings forecast downwards yesterday, sending ripples of concern washing over rivals. The handset giant now expects Q4 2006 revenue to come in between $11.6bn to $11.8bn, down from earlier estimate of $11.8bn to $12.1bn. Profit estimates were also revised down, and earnings per share are now expected to be …
Andrew Orlowski, 05 Jan 2007

Intel grazes Q2 numbers, but 'growth will be slower' in Q3

Intel has reported its second-quarter 2012 financial results, and you can almost hear the Wall Street moneymen breathe a muted sigh of relief – although the sound of popping champagne corks is not likely to be heard. Although total Q2 earnings were just under expectations at $13.5bn, the all-important earnings-per-share (EPS) …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Jul 2012
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SGI backs away from public clouds, chases HPC and big data

Supercomputer and high-density server maker Silicon Graphics is still not back on track to profitability, but CEO Jorge Titinger says he knows what to do: Back away from the knife fight of providing infrastructure to public cloud providers and focus on commercial HPC systems, related big data systems, and the storage that sits …

How Facebook flipped the data centre hardware market

The rise of Facebook helped to ruin the data centre hardware market, caused IBM to sell its x86 business to Lenovo, spurred HP to embark on an ambitious "Moonshot" server, and encouraged Dell to go private. With the recent acquisition of WhatsApp, it's also adding momentum to the drive of OTT mobile messaging, which is …
Jack Clark, 20 Feb 2014

Fed watchdogs sniff around IBM's cloud revenue reporting

IBM filed its quarterly 10-Q report with the US Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday morning, and buried in that lengthy document is a note that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has raised an eyebrow over the way IBM recognizes its revenues for cloud computing. There is not a whole lot of detail about exactly …
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Juniper pushes up sales and profits in Q1

The top brass at Juniper Networks are breathing a little bit easier as the company turned in numbers that show it is growing despite taking a big hit in sales of gear, software, and services to the US government in the first quarter. In the quarter ended in March, Juniper nudged up revenues by 2.6 per cent to $1.03bn, and net …
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Apple profits almost double on iOS product sales leap

Apple sold buckets more iPhones and iPads in its second quarter, helping it almost double net income year on year to $11.6bn and driving up gross margins. The purveyor of magical and revolutionary shiny things turned in sales of $39.2bn for the quarter ending March 31, a 59 per cent rise on the year. However, net income leapt …
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2012
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Intel beats Street with record year

Intel had a record-breaking 2011, with record revenues of $54bn, record net income of $12.9bn, and record earnings per share of $2.39. "2011 was an exceptional year for Intel," said Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini in a statement – for the record, of course. "With outstanding execution the company performed superbly, …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jan 2012
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Apple slips, moneymen pounce

Apple has released its financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter, and in doing so it handed conservative Wall Street prognosticators a rare win: Cupertino failed to meet or exceed analysts expectations for the first time in many a moon. On Monday, Fortune averaged a number of independent analysts's predictions and came up …
Rik Myslewski, 18 Oct 2011
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Informatica caught flat-footed by revenue shortfall

June was not a particularly fun month for data-integration software specialist Informatica, which has just put out preliminary financial figures for its second quarter ended last week. Those numbers show that companies in the EMEA slammed on the spending brakes, and that American companies with a presence in Europe or which were …
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Apple annihilates Wall Street performance estimates

With another fiscal quarter now in the bank, Apple has again embarrassed Wall Street analysts. The Cupertinian juggernaut posted its financial results for its third fiscal quarter of 2011 on Tuesday, and the numbers were – to understate a wee bit – quite satisfactory. "We're thrilled to deliver our best quarter ever, with …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2011
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BT shares droop as sales go limp at hard-up Europe

BT revenues fell some 6 per cent in the national telco's first quarter as the company coughed to "tough conditions" in the financial sector as well as in Europe hampering its global services division. It's wholesale wing also suffered an 8 per cent drop in sales falling below the £1bn mark to £923m, while Openreach revenues were …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jul 2012
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Fibre-gobbling punters help BT deposit solid profit

BT reported this morning that its sales had fallen 5 per cent for the three months ended 31 December, however earnings and cash generation remained steady, the company added. The national telco's third quarter revenue stood at £4.77bn, while adjusted pre-tax profit for the period was £628m - up 18 per cent compared with a year …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Feb 2012
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AMD beats analysts' bets with profitable quarter

AMD beat the Street when reporting its financial results for the third quarter of 2011, with earnings per share of 13¢ on revenues of $1.69bn. According to Thompson Reuters, the consensus of 29 professional analysts was that AMD would report earnings per share of 10¢ on revenues of $1.65bn. "Strong adoption of AMD APUs drove a …
Rik Myslewski, 27 Oct 2011

As promised, AMD posts disappointing financial results

AMD has released its financial results for its second quarter 2012, and as they had warned earlier this month, revenues dipped by 11 per cent from the previous quarter, hitting $1.41bn. "Overall weakness in the global economy, softer consumer spending and lower channel demand for our desktop processors in China and Europe made …
Rik Myslewski, 19 Jul 2012
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Lenovo deal to buy IBM x86 server biz moving along fast

It is becoming increasingly clear that IBM CEO Ginni Rometty is annoyed with the performance of the company's systems business. Annoyed enough to spin off all or part of its System x server business to China's Lenovo Group, according to rumors that surfaced last week. The US channel trade rag CRN broke the story of an impending …
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Datatec updates earnings

South African networking provider Datatec told investors today that it expects to make a profit for recently finished financial year. The firm is still sorting through figures for the year ended 28 February 2005 which should be ready 18 May. Datatec hopes to make a "headline" profit of between three and four US cents a share …
John Oates, 25 Apr 2005

Big Blue misses Q1 targets big-time thanks to systems shortfall

Big Blue did not turn in the numbers that it expected in the first quarter thanks to more than $400m in mainframe systems, related software, and intellectual property licensing deals that rolled over into the second quarter. In the quarter ended in March, revenues were off 5.1 per cent, to $23.41bn, and net income fell by 1.1 …
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Tech Data still feeling the burn from Brazilian shave

Tech Data Corporation, the IT distie giant and parent of Computer 2000 and Azlan in the UK, has seen net income rise to $51.7m in the first quarter of the year, despite a fall in revenue. The firm's total revenue dropped 6.9 per cent to $5.9bn, missing the Zacks Investment Research consensus estimate of $6.18bn. Tech Data's net …

Fabulous execution prompts Apple to rein back Q3 outlook

Apple's third quarter figures will come in below Wall St forecasts the vendor revealed today, but that's just fine because it's just because it did so well in the second quarter. The Mac and iOS vendor said it was expecting revenues of $34bn in June, with earnings per share of $8.68. This compares to analyst expectations of $9. …
Joe Fay, 24 Apr 2012
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Big Blue gives Big Sam big bags of cash

IBM's board of directors wants to give the company's top brass plenty of maneuvering room to engineer the earnings per share growth that they have promised Wall Street, and therefore has authorized the company to spend an additional $7bn on stock buybacks. When combined with $5.2bn in monies left over from IBM's previous stock …
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Google shares tank after disappointing financial report

Google’s share price fell sharply after the company released results that underperformed market expectations, with after-hours trading seeing the stock price fall by nearly ten per cent. Quarterly revenues broke the $10bn mark for the first time – at $10.58bn they were up 25 per cent on the last quarter of 2011 – but this was …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jan 2012
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Campaign to reduce RIM jobs gets underway

The axe has started swinging at RIM in the latest round of job cuts, the beleaguered BlackBerry maker has confirmed. The Canadian firm plans to slash at least $1bn from operating expenses by next March, the close of its fiscal 2013, amid industry talk that as many as 6,000 heads could roll. A company mouthpiece told The Channel …
Paul Kunert, 21 Jun 2012
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BT profits climb on brisk broadband sales

BT reported second quarter sales of £4.89bn, a 2 per cent drop, while pre-tax profits rose 15 per cent to £570m for the period ended 31 September. Earnings per share rose from 5.1 pence to 5.6 pence and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation were up 3 per cent at BT, with the company reporting £1.49bn for …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Nov 2011
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Teradata customers plead: 'Stop, we can't buy any more stuff!'

Data warehousing pioneer Teradata has grown in leaps and bounds during the past two and a half years. However the database biz took a little pause for breath in the third quarter of 2012, causing it to come up at the low end of its guidance range for revenues and profits - and coming in shy of Wall Street's expectations. In the …

Red Hat pinched by muscular greenbacks in Q2

Anyone selling hardware or software overseas as a significant portion of their overall revenues got a haircut in the past few months, and Linux server and Java application server juggernaut Red Hat was no exception. In the second quarter of fiscal 2013 ended in August, Red Hat's overall revenues grew by 14.7 per cent to $322.6m …
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Analyst cheers Google with $600 per share target

Google and its cavalcade of adoring analysts look set to pump 2006 full of the same unbridled optimism that dominated 2005. Or so we predict after seeing Piper Jaffray analyst, Safa Rashtchy, hike his target on the ad broker up from $445 to $600. And, why not? The analyst expects "new initiatives, in particular Google's ad …
Ashlee Vance, 04 Jan 2006
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Console gaming giant goes into handjobs

Game giant Electronic Arts is spending over a billion dollars on phone and iPad gaming company PopCap – the maker of Bejeweled and Plants vs Zombies. EA is handing over $650m in cash plus $100m in EA shares to some PopCap shareholders. Additionally PopCap can earn another $550m if it hits sales targets for the next two years. …
John Oates, 13 Jul 2011
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Dell boosts Q2 earnings on tax break

Kevin Rollins began his first day as Dell's CEO with a bang, giving the all clear for the company to raise its second quarter earnings forecast. Dell is now looking to post per-share earnings of 31 cents. This is 2 cents higher than previous expectations and 29 percent higher the the earnings per share posted in the same …
Ashlee Vance, 16 Jul 2004