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March 4, 1994

DELL FIGURES

By CBR Staff Writer

Dell Computer Corp said improvements in gross margins will depend upon the industry’s pricing environment and the company’s ability to manage inventory: inventories during the fourth quarter represented five weeks of sales for the second consecutive quarter; fourth quarter profits fell and there was a loss for the year (see results page 5); Dell has improved liquidity during the second half of the year generating $180m cash from operations and completed financings totalling more than $200m; most revenue growth was from sales of 80486-based desktop and workstation systems, increasing 40% to $596m in the fourth quarter; gross profit margins dropped to 18.6% of sales in the quarter from 20.5% a year ago, but gross profit margins improved from the third quarter; Dell sees growth from its new notebook and server products.

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