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Intel posts 6 per cent rise in 4th-quarter net income, falls slightly short of predictions

FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Mooly Eden, senior vice president and perceptual computing general manager from Intel, talks to the media during the Intel news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Intel Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

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FILE - In this Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, file photo, Mooly Eden, senior vice president and perceptual computing general manager from Intel, talks to the media during the Intel news conference at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Intel Corp. reports quarterly financial results after the market closes on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Intel's fourth-quarter net income rose 6 per cent, as the company offset flat demand for its personal computer chips with higher sales of other products.

The world's largest chipmaker earned $2.63 billion, or 51 cents per share, up from $2.47 billion, or 48 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012. Revenue rose 3 per cent to $13.83 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 52 cents per share on revenue of $13.72 billion.

Intel supplies chips for the majority of personal computer processors, so the consumer shift away from PCs —and toward tablets and smartphones— continues to hurt sales. The company has tried to offset the decline with higher sales of chips for servers, phones and tablets.

Last week, a pair of research firms said PC sales continued to sink during the holiday shopping season, capping the steepest annual decline in PC shipments in decades.

According to Gartner Inc., worldwide PC sales fell 7 per cent during the fourth quarter, marking the seventh-straight quarter of declines. Meanwhile, International Data Corp. said global PC shipments fell 6 per cent.

Fourth-quarter revenue from Intel's PC group was $8.6 billion, about the same as a year ago, while data centre revenue jumped 8 per cent to $3 billion. Revenue from the company's other businesses increased 9 per cent to $1.1 billion.

For the full year, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company earned $9.62 billion, or $1.89 per share, down from $11 billion, or $2.13 per share, in 2012. Revenue fell to $52.71 billion from $53.34 billion.

For the current quarter, Intel projected revenue of $12.3 billion to $13.3 billion, bracketing analysts' expectations of $12.8 billion.

Intel Corp. shares fell 79 cents, or 3 per cent, to $25.75 in aftermarket trading. The shares ended the regular session down 13 cents to $26.54.

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