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Dell gives upbeat sales outlook

Dell laptop
Dell says its sales have now started to improve

Dell has reported another decline in quarterly profits, but says it now expects its revenues to improve through the second half of the year.

Net profits at the US giant totalled $472m (£290m) in the three months to 31 July, down 23% on a year earlier, but ahead of market expectations.

Dell's revenues for its second quarter fell 22% from last year to $12.8bn.

Global computer sales have been knocked by the worldwide recession, as customers cut back on their spending.

Profit 'discipline'

Dell released its results before the end of Thursday trading in New York, sending its shares up 7% at the close.

Slow, steady progress right now is good enough as far as I'm concerned
Computer analyst Richard Kugele

The 23% fall in Dell's second quarter profits was much less severe than the 63% drop it experienced between January and March.

Dell said it had managed to trim the fall in profit by being more "disciplined" on its margins.

Commentators broadly welcomed its latest results.

"Obviously it's a better-than-expected performance," said computer analyst Richard Kugele of Needham & Company.

"Slow, steady progress right now is good enough as far as I'm concerned."

Over the past year Dell has responded to its falling sales by reducing its global workforce by more than 9,000 positions to cut costs.

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