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Intel results suggest PC recovery

INTEL Corp's second-quarter results have reinforced the company's position that the computer business is on the mend after its roughest patch in years.

Intel is the world's biggest maker of microprocessors, the electronic brains of PCs. More than three quarters of the world's PCs use Intel chips.

On Tuesday, the company posted second-quarter sales substantially stronger than Wall Street expected, and its outlook suggests there's more good news to come. The stock jumped 7 percent in after-hours trading.

That's not to say that personal computers are flying off the shelves. PC makers are still hurting, which shows how brisk business for Intel might take months to translate into better numbers for its customers.

Dell Inc, for example, warned this week that the computer market in the United States might have hit bottom, but its sales to businesses remain weak. CEO Michael Dell said penny-pinching computer buyers appear to be holding on to their existing machines for longer than is typical.



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