Dell posts $2b quarter

Dell has joined Compaq, IBM and Gateway 2000 in reporting another excellent financial quarter, posting sales of $2 billion for the July-September period, up 43 per cent on a year ago. Profits were $145 million, up sharply from $103 million for the equivalent 1995 quarter.

Dell has joined Compaq, IBM and Gateway 2000 in reporting another excellent financial quarter, posting sales of $2 billion for the July-September period, up 43 per cent on a year ago. Profits were $145 million, up sharply from $103 million for the equivalent 1995 quarter.

Always strong internationally, Dell's European growth is outstripping its Americas growth. European sales were $482 million, up 41 per cent.

Most strikingly, Dell is making real headway in servers, refuting analysts who said the firm's direct sales model would count against it in the sector. Server sales were up 44 per cent from the previous quarter. CEO Michael Dell said he believes the server market is worth $10 billion in total.

Dell also continues a remarkable renaissance in notebook PCs. Notebook sales were up 40 per cent on the previous quarter and now account for 19 per cent of overall business.

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