Microsoft profit falls as PC sales shrink

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Posted: Jan 19, 2012 4:24 PM
Microsoft profit falls as PC sales shrink

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp said on Thursday fiscal second-quarter profit fell very slightly, as lower computer sales hurt its core Windows business.

The world's largest software company reported net profit of $6.624 billion, or 78 cents per share, compared with $6.634 billion, or 77 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter.

The per share figure rose as Microsoft had fewer shares outstanding in the most recent quarter.

Sales rose 5 percent to $20.9 billion.

(Reporting By Bill Rigby; Editing by Bernard Orr)