Intel report slumping Q1 numbers. Yep, we’re still in a recession.
It’s grim times in the economy, but Intel still managed to beat expectations with news that things aren't as bad as initially anticipated. The company reported earnings and revenue down 55 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Gross margin also fell from 53 percent to 46 percent.
The slump in the numbers should come as no surprise given the sagging economy, which has hit the computer industry as a whole since late 2008. According to Mercury Research, shipments of x86 CPUs for desktops, servers and notebooks declined 18 percent between the third of fourth quarter of 2008. Overall, the x86 market was down 8.8 percent as compared to fourth quarter 2007.
The Intel Atom processor has always been a bright spot for the company, thanks to the growing netbook and nettop market, which appeal to the price-sensitive buyer. Sales of the Atom accounted for $219 million for the quarter, which represents a 27 percent decline from the prior quarter.
Intel is optimistic for brighter days ahead, as company CEO Paul Otellini said during a conference call, "We are seeing signs that the bottom of the PC market segment has been reached. I believe the worst is now behind us."