The Redmond company has benefited from the success of his division and Entertainment Office, but has suffered from the Windows side, impacted by a PC market weakling. Business
Financial analysts predicted a difficult quarter for Microsoft. Indeed, the last months of the year have not been very good for global sales of PCs grew by only 3.1% (-6% in the U.S.).
But the giant has resisted, the more it has far exceeded expectations. If the group issued a profit slightly down for the second quarter of fiscal offset, (-0.4% to 6.63 billion dollars), earnings per share amounts to 77 cents, well above the 68 cents analysts awaited.
Office: primary contributor
As for revenues, grew by 5% at $ 19.95 billion, also exceeding expectations (19.15 billion).
As expected, the Windows division has suffered: revenues collapsed by 29% to 5.05 billion and earnings of the bottom 39% to $ 3.25 billion. A bit worrying for the future, especially since the PC will continue to suffer the side shelves and other smartphones.
But Microsoft has compensated for this disaster by the good health of his arm and entertainment companies.
The latter, which includes the Office suite, saw its sales rise 24% to 6.03 billion dollars, becoming the source of the largest revenue group.
KINECTS carton (8 million copies sold) allows the entertainment industry to earn 55% to 3.70 billion dollars in revenue.
"The pace of business spending, combined with strong consumer demand, has resulted in another quarter of margin expansion and strong growth in earnings per share," he said