Dell (DELL) is not up this morning. Most investors thought it would be. The company reported preliminary results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2008, with revenue of $14.8 billion, operating income of $896 million and earnings per share of $0.32 . Those were better than last year’s numbers which are still subject to some accounting changes.
The first culprit for a poor reaction to Dell’s new is that the company said "near-term results could be adversely impacted by a slower decline in component costs in the second half of the year."
But, the other, perhaps more important reason is that Dell is not doing very well in the portable/laptop business. And, the industry is moving away from the desktop.
Percentage of Total Net Revenue:
Desktop PCs 34%
Servers and Networking 11%
Enhanced Services 9%
Software and Peripherals 16%
Laptops are driving the industry now.
Over at HP, desktop revenue rose modestly last quarter from $3.9 billion from $3.569 billion. Notebook revenue moved from $2.815 billion to from $4.084.
Dell did not show that kind of progress.
Douglas A. McIntyre