Intel Reports Massive Drop in Profit

Intel reported fourth-quarter revenue of $8.2 billion, a 23% drop from $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, but in line with analyst estimates.
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Chipmaker

Intel

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reported a massive drop in its fourth-quarter profit and revenue Thursday, as the tech bellwether continues to feel the

strain

of the PC slump.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based firm reported fourth-quarter earnings of 4 cents a share on net income of $234 million, down from earnings of 38 cents a share and net income of $2.27 billion in the same period last year. Analysts had estimated earnings of 4 cents a share.

Intel reported fourth-quarter revenue of $8.2 billion, a 23% drop from $10.7 billion in the year-ago quarter, but in line with analyst estimates.

For 2008, Intel reported revenue of $37.6 billion, down 2% from $38.3 billion in 2007.

"The economy and the industry are in the process of resetting to a new baseline from which growth will resume," said Intel CEO Paul Otellini, in a statement Thursday. "Intel has weathered difficult times in the past, and we know what needs to be done to drive our success moving forward."

Intel's plummeting profit and its slumping sales were not a complete surprise. The company lowered its

guidance

last week, its

second downward revision

of sales guidance in two months. In November, Intel cut its sales forecast to between $8.7 billion and $9.3 billion, down from between $10.1 billion and $10.9 billion previously.

Otellini recently described the current economic

slowdown

as the worst he'd seen in his lifetime, and Intel, like its rival

AMD

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and PC manufacturer

Dell

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has been

wrestling

with

weakening demand

from consumers and enterprises.

Intel's shares rose 39 cents, or 2.93%, to $13.67, in extended trading.