Dell puts best face on slow quarter

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Despite falling profits, Dell is attempting to put a positive spin on its latest quarter.

The company logged some US$16.4bn in revenues over the quarter, leading to US$616 million in net income. While the revenue numbers were up some 11 per cent from the same quarter last year, the company's net income was down by 17 per cent over the period.

The drop is not welcome news for Dell, which is still in the process of an internal makeover lead by founder and chief executive Michael Dell that has included the company's first forays into retail outlets.

The company pinned much of the blame for the sagging numbers on its rebuilding operation. Efforts to expand the business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa as well as new global consumer programs were credited for the drop in profits.

The company also took a US$52m hit from acquisition and realignment costs.

"We are positioning Dell to win in a new era of global IT spending,” said Michael Dell.

"Our growth at a multiple of the industry across all major product categories for the second consecutive quarter affirms we are on track with our five key business priorities, notebooks, consumer, enterprise, SMB and emerging countries."

Wall Street, however, did not share Dell's optimism. The company failed to meet analyst estimates and shares fell by more than 12 per cent as a result.

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