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Microsoft beats forecasts with $6.4 bil profit

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30% profit as opposed to Apple's 24%. Not bad, nor is the 60 million copies of Win8 sold, which is higher than people expected and on par with Windows 7, despite so much undeserved negative press.

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Only 6.4 billion dollars? That's small change for some real big companies...

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LostinNagoyaJan. 25, 2013 - 11:28AM JST

Only 6.4 billion dollars? That's small change for some real big companies

Most companies can't hope for 6 billion profit on 150 billion in revenue, and yet microsoft does it on 21 billion. Not to mention analysts had expected less. And investors are happy, Microsoft closed out on a year to date high, rather than 20% drop like some "real big companies".

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"Only 6.4 billion dollars? That's small change for some real big companies..."

$6.4 billions profit for "the past quarter". Revenue is expected to be around $80 billions and profit wil be at least $20 billions. To me that sounds hecka efficient already. Can you count more than 10 companies that has more than $20 billions in profit?

Just for your info, Toyota this year profit is to be expected at $9.6 billions, at total revenue of $240 billions. The margin is less than 5%. Even for oil giants, profit margin is only around 10% of revenue.

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