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HP Profits Surge On Strong PC Sales

A 20% increase in desktop and laptop PC shipments helped boost net income to $2.2 billion in the second fiscal quarter for the world's largest PC maker.

Hewlett-Packard on Tuesday reported that profits in the second fiscal quarter rose 28%, as consumers and businesses continued to spend more on computers.

The world's largest PC maker said net income in the quarter ended April 30 increased to $2.2 billion, or 91 cents a share, from $1.7 billion, or 71 cents a share, the same period a year ago. Revenue rose 13% to $30.8 billion from $27.4 billion.

"HP had an exceptional quarter with strong performance across every region," Mark Hurd, HP chairman and chief executive, said in statement.

HP, which managed to weather the economic recession last year better than Dell and other rivals, benefited from a stronger PC market, which has seen demand rising among consumer and businesses replacing aging laptops and desktops. Desktop and laptop shipments increased 20% in the quarter and revenue rose 21% to $10 billion. Revenue from laptops alone increased 17% and desktops 27%.

Indeed, HP's results reflect the improvements in the PC market also seen by analyst firm Gartner. In March, the researcher raised its 2010 projected growth in worldwide PC shipments from 2009 to 19.7%, or 366.1 million units. Gartner also raised its revenue projection by 12.2% to $245 billion. The firm had predicted last December 13.3% growth in shipments and a 1.9% increase in revenue.

For the full fiscal year, HP forecast revenue growth of between 8% and 9%. Earnings based on generally accepted accounting principles were expected to fall in the range of $3.76 to $3.81 a share, down from the company's previous forecast of $3.79 to $3.86 a share.

In the third fiscal quarter, HP estimates GAAP earnings in the range of 87 cents and 89 cents a share on revenue between $29.7 billion and $30 billion.

Likely to have an impact on financial results for the rest of the year is the $1.2 billion acquisition of smartphone maker Palm. The deal, announced last month, is expected to close in the third fiscal quarter, which ends July 31.

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