Intel profit soars, raises guidance

Robert Clark
14 Apr 2010

Intel has boosted its Q1 profit and raised its full-year outlook, a result of demand for PC and server chips.

The tech bellwether posted earnings of $2.4 billion, up nearly fourfold from $629 million a year ago, and revenue of $10.3 billion, up 44%, the company announced Tuesday.

It said Q2 revenue would be $10.2 billion, plus or minus $400 million, ahead of a forecast $9.72 billion, according to a Bloomberganalysts’ survey.

Sequentially, sales were mostly flat or lower, Intel said, because of the strong demand in Q4 as the economy recovered.

However, year-on-year PC and mobile chip sales were up 43% and server chip revenue rose 48%.

It said gross margin for the coming quarter would be 64%, up from 61% previously forecast, and ahead of the 60.4% expected by analysts.

Intel’s stock price rose 3.95% in after-hours trading on Nasdaq to $23.67.

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