Worries Persist for IBM

International Business Machines Corp.’s quarterly profit and sales rose amid growth in emerging markets, but the technology giant failed to dispel investors’ concerns about the health of technology spending.

IBM, one of the first big tech companies to post quarter results, is seen as a barometer for investment in technology by governments and corporations. While IBM has benefited from a push toward higher-margin businesses, such as data-analysis services, worries have emerged that the weak global economy is having a negative impact on tech spending, particularly by governments.

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