Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessIt's hard to call a few quarters a major trend, but so far HP's recent turnaround is showing signs of sticking.
And HP's strong results also suggest that the company may be the cause of at least some of Dell's recent troubles.
HP reported blow-out quarterly results after the close on Thursday, showing none of the weakness that has plagued rivals in recent months.
HP's pro forma earnings of 51 cents a share after backing out restructuring costs came in a nickel ahead of estimates, and sales of $22.91 billion topped $22.76 billion forecasts. The IT giant's January quarter guidance of 46 to 48 cents a share was ahead of analysts' forecast of 44-cent earnings, but sales guidance of $22.3-$22.6 billion was at the low end of $22.61 billion estimates.
The results were led by 9% growth in Personal Systems, a 12% increase in server sales, a 17% jump in storage sales, and 11% growth in software. Services were up 6%, and imaging and printing 4%. Within Personal Systems, desktop revenue rose 1%, notebook sales grew 23%, and workstations sales climbed 8%. Overall sales increased 7%.