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IBM’s Sales Fall on Tepid Tech Spending

January 19, 2016

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International Business Machines reported an 8.5% fall in quarterly revenue as a strong dollar and tepid IT spending weighed on the Big Blue’s results.

Shares of the company (IBM) fell less than 1% in extended trading on Tuesday to $127.20.

Armonk, New York-based IBM’s revenue fell to $22.06 billion, above analysts’ average estimate of $22.02 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

IBM gets more than half its revenue from overseas. The dollar index, which rose over 9 percent last year, is expected to rise a further 3.4% by the end of 2016.

Revenue adjusted for currency fell 2%.

Net income fell to $4.46 billion, or $4.59 per share, from $5.48 billion, or $5.51 per share a year earlier.

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Excluding items, the company earned $4.84 per share, beating analysts’ average estimate of $4.81 per share.

Up to Tuesday’s close, IBM’s shares have fallen 18.5% in the past 12 months.

(This story was updated with additional information)