The Palo Alto, Calif.-based firm reported sales of $29.1 billion, down from $30 billion in the prior year's quarter, but comfortably above analysts' forecasts of $27.91 billion. Excluding items, HP earned $1.01 a share, down from $1.16 a share in the same period last year. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters were looking for earnings of $1 a share.
Speaking during HP's conference call, CEO Meg Whitman said the company is making progress on its turnaround plan. "With the final quarter of our 'fix and rebuild year' now behind us, I'm pleased with our progress in 2013," she said. "In fiscal 2013, we focused on improving our operations."
HP shares climbed 6.42% to $26.70 before market open.
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--Written by James Rogers in New York.
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