Intel sales and profits fall in third quarter

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Intel has reported falls in both sales and profits in the third quarter, as it battles a "tough economic environment".

The world's largest maker of computer chips announced a net profit for the three months to 29 September of $2.97bn (£1.84bn), down 14% on the same period a year earlier.

Net sales fell 5.5% to $13.46bn.

Meanwhile IBM reported flat net profits of $3.8bn as demand for its software services and tight cost management offset the effect of a stronger dollar.

Excluding UK pension-related charges, profits rose 3% to $3.9bn in the third quarter.

Revenues at IBM came in at $24.7bn.

'Breakthrough innovation'

Intel had warned last month that lower demand for computers from businesses and individuals would hit its sales.

"Our third-quarter results reflected a continuing tough economic environment," said Paul Otellini, Intel president and chief executive, in the results statement.

"The world of computing is in the midst of a period of breakthrough innovation and creativity.

"As we look to the fourth quarter, we're pleased with the continued progress in Ultrabooks and phones and excited about the range of Intel-based tablets coming to market."

Intel forecasts revenue between $13.1bn and $14.1bn in the fourth quarter.

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