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Microsoft's Windows Sales Up, Gaming Softens

April 20, 2012
Microsoft's sales growth for Xbox and Kinect slowed sharply last quarter, but other sectors like Windows helped the company post earnings that beat analysts' estimates.

Microsoft pulled in earnings of 60 cents per share on sales of $17.4 billion for its fiscal third quarter, which ended March 31. Earnings dropped a penny per share from the same quarter last year, although that quarter included a $461 million tax benefit. Without that one-time gain, earnings per share rose 7% over the year.

Microsoft's sales for the quarter were $17.4 billion, up 6%



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