Dell reported second-quarter earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street forecasts as growth in its enterprise solutions business offset the ongoing slump in PCs.
Net income for the quarter fell 72 percent to $204 million from $732 million a year earlier.
Excluding items, the company earned 25 cents per share, down sharply from 50 cents per share a year earlier, but results were a penny ahead of Street forecasts.
Dell's gross margin also shrank 14 percent in the quarter from a year earlier to 18.5 percent.
Revenue came in at $14.51 billion, essentially flat from the year-earlier quarter and beating forecasts for $14.18 billion.
Enterprise solutions sales climbed 9 percent in the quarter to $3.3 billion, while PC sales slumped 5 percent to $9.1 billion. Dell services revenue rose 2 percent to $2.1 billion.
Dell also said it will not provide any guidance, given its definitive merger agreement to take the company private.
Dell moved up the earnings release, which had originally been expected next week.
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