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Separately, National Semiconductor Corp. had a smaller-than-expected loss of $27.2 million, or 16 cents a share, in its fiscal third quarter, helped by sales of its chips for wireless-phone equipment. Analysts were expecting a loss of 20 cents. The company reported an operating profit of $26.2 million, or 16 cents, a year ago. National has been losing money in part because it is working on a chip that will combine all the functions of a personal computer. It’s also struggling because of price cutting by rivals. Sales fell 23% to $500.1 million.

Both companies’ results were reported after the markets closed.


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