Hewlett-Packard has reported a narrow increase in profits for its second fiscal quarter, ended April 30, driven primarily by higher sales of its desktop and notebook PCs.
HP's net profits totaled $US935 million in the second quarter, up two per cent from the year-earlier figure of $918 million. On a continuing operations basis, profits for the computer vendor - which has spun off its test and measurement equipment business into a separate company - rose seven per cent to $816 million, up from $766 million for last year's second quarter, according to HP.
Total revenue from HP's continuing operations increased 15 per cent to $12.0 billion in the second quarter. Sales of notebook PCs jumped 180 per cent from the same period last year, while home PC sales grew 85 percent, the company said.