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Foreign sales boost HP earnings

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Some analysts had worried that the US downturn would harm earnings

Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world's largest computer company, has seen its quarterly profits boosted by robust international sales.

The firm saw profits for the three months to 31 July reach $2.5bn (1.3bn), up from $1.78bn in the same period a year earlier.

Revenue from outside the US accounted for some 68% of the total, with particular strength in Asia.

Computer firms have targeted overseas markets as the US economy has cooled.

Lou Miscioscia of Cowen said: "Many had expressed concerns that HP's results were going to start to be affected by the economy, but HP had solid numbers."

Europe, Middle East and Africa saw revenue climb 5%, while revenue in Asia Pacific was 8% higher.

The Americas saw revenue up 3%.

The personal systems group saw revenue of $10.3bn, marking a rise of 15% and revenue from notebooks was 26% higher year-on-year.

Jason Pride of Haverford Trust said HP seemed to be "a standout".

"The only other company that has a similar ability to stand out is IBM, but that's a very different story, a story of transitioning to a more service-oriented approach.

"But HP is still primarily a hardware provider, and in that space, they are absolutely a standout."

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