Sunday 18 Jan 2009

Crisis to gain computers

NewsFalling profits, disastrous sales despite Christmas, layoffs... The major manufacturers are in troubles.

  • Intel announces results for the 4th quarter divided by 10 compared to the previous quarter (2.3 billion -> 230 million)!
  • AMD has fired 2,000 people and is about to get rid of 1,000 more within 3 months, the salaries of managers are reduced,
  • Seagate also announced 3000 layoffs and lower wage,
  • Google decides to abandon six services (video, notes, Jaiku...),
  • NVIDIA has suffered a fall from 40 to 50% of its sales,
  • ...

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The bad news are numerous among the computer news. :-( Individuals and companies delay their investment because they fear for the future.

I wouldn't say the crisis is mainly born because of the fear of the crisis, especially via the media, but I think so. :-|

Intel had never known such a delusion. This is the first time in 20 years that the benefits of a quarter are lower than the previous one. The company did not even dare to announce previsions for 2009, arguing that the context is too uncertain.

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Apparently the only good news in the weekend report: the sales of video game consoles grow up of 19% during the year, and Nintendo catch all this growth (+ $3,4 billion).

The Japanese company has increased its market share thanks to the success of the Wii and its portable console DS.

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PS January 22th IBM announces better results than expected, but Microsoft joins the ambient stagnation and will suppress 5,000 employs.


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