Dell Inc. said Thursday that third-quarter profit rose as the No. 1 personal computer maker kept costs low and revenue grew more than analysts expected, helped by strong sales of servers and data-storage machines.
Dell said sales rose to $10.6 billion from $9.1 billion a year earlier. Analysts had expected revenue of $10.5 billion.
"That's more than they've beaten guidance by in the past four quarters," said Chuck Jones, a technology analyst for Stein Roe Investment Counsel, which holds Dell shares in customer accounts.
Net income rose to $677 million, or 26 cents a share, from $561 million, or 21 cents, a year earlier. Earnings met the forecast of analysts polled by Reuters Research.
The Round Rock, Texas-based company also forecast fourth-quarter revenue that exceeded analyst expectations.
Dell said it expected fourth-quarter shipments to be up 25% from a year earlier. It forecasts revenue of $11.5 billion and per-share earnings of 28 cents.
Dell, which undercuts competitors using its direct-to-customer sales method, said it gained market share during the quarter in most product lines.
Dell shares fell 3 cents to $35.64 on Nasdaq.