After a year of woe, hardware maker Dell
saw quarterly earnings jumped 46 percent on stronger sales of business
products and services, improved average selling prices and lower component
The company earned $733 million in the last three months, compared with $502 million a year ago. Sales rose four percent to $14.8 billion.
The results were better than Wall Street expected.
Dell also acknowledged a "higher-than-normal" backlog of orders due to unexpectedly high demand for new Inspiron and XPS colour notebooks, as well as parts shortages for certain flat-panel displays.