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So Much for Those Better-Than-Expected HP Earnings [UPDATED]

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Hewlett-Packard’s second-quarter financials may have been in line with forecasts, but they were troubling nonetheless. A number of analysts predicted that the company might report better-than-expected earnings. Sadly, it did not. HP’s net income for the period fell 17 percent to $1.7 billion, or 70 cents per share. Excluding one-time items, the company earned 86 cents a share, compared with a profit of 87 cents a share in the same period last year. The results include charges of 2 cents a share related to a patent dispute. Sales fell three percent to $27.4 billion. Every division of the company, save one, reported a decline in revenue. The lone highlight, Services, posted an increase, but that was due primarily to HP’s acquisition of EDS. The grim details:

Enterprise Storage and Servers: down 28 percent
Software: down 15 percent
Personal Systems Group: down 19 percent (though it claims the leading market position in PCs in every region)
Imaging and Printing Group: down 23 percent
Financial Services: down 6 percent
Services: up 99 percent

Clearly, the decline in consumer and business spending is weighing heavy on HP (HPQ) and will continue to do so. The company expects third-quarter revenue to be approximately flat to down two percent sequentially. And it says full-year revenue will slip approximately four to five percent from the prior-year period.

UPDATE: During a conference call to discuss earnings, HP’s leadership said the company will sack about two percent of the workforce in the months ahead as it looks to trim costs. 6,400 employees will lose their jobs as a result.


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