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Dell down $240M from last Q3

Dell may have posted revenues of $13.9 billion for the third quarter (an 11% year-over-year increase) but its earnings dropped 28% to $606 million from $846 million a year earlier.

There was a time when Dell projected third quarter revenues to hit as much as $14.5 billion, but it reduced that estimate in October. In addition, Dell mentioned that it will suffer losses of about $442 million. This figure was well divided between a $300 million loss for OptiPlex desktop fixes and $100 million for letting approximately 1,000 employees go.

Although PC sales continued to be the main source of revenue for Dell, computer sales actually dropped to $5.1 billion from $5.2 billion a year earlier. Following is a further breakdown of Dell’s revenue sources.

– laptop revenue increased from $3.1 billion to $3.6 billion
– server sales rose to $1.4 billion from $1.2 billion
– storage sales jumped to $500 million from $300 million
– services rose to $1.2 billion from $1 billion, and
– software and peripheral revenue increased to $2.1 billion from $1.7 billion

Dell is forecasting fourth quarter revenue to be $14.6 billion to $15.0 billion but analysts state that Dell will have a hard time posting strong growth figures because of its huge dependence on PC sales and general industry pricing pressure.

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