SAN FRANCISCO -- Auction-rate securities tripped up Novell's (NOVL) third-quarter bottom line Thursday, while margins improved.The loss at the Linux software developer quadrupled to $15.1 million, or 4 cents a share, because of a $15 million writedown related to auction-rate securities. In the same quarter of last year, Novell posted a loss of $3.7 million, or a penny a share.
Novell's Quarterly Loss Widens
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