IBM Earnings Fall in Prolonged Sales Slump

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Updated Oct. 16, 2019 5:00 pm ET

International Business Machines Corp.

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’s revenue fell 38% in the third quarter and it suffered one other quarter of decrease gross sales at the same time as Chief Executive Ginni Rometty tries to leap begin progress by way of the $34 billion buy of software program big Red Hat.

IBM on Wednesday mentioned web revenue fell to $1.67 billion from $2.69 billion the yr prior. The firm’s carefully watched adjusted earnings per share fell to $2.68 from $three.42 in the year-prior interval, forward of the $2.66 estimated by analysts surveyed by FactSet. IBM gross sales fell to $18.Zero billion, under analysts expectations, from $18.76 billion.

The income decline was IBM’s fifth in a row, and its 27th general underneath Ms. Rometty, who has struggled to adapt the greater than century-old firm to a altering international information-technology panorama.

IBM shares fell round three% in after-hours buying and selling.

The firm’s earnings had been dented by weak efficiency of its legacy enterprise of offering IT companies to different firms. Revenue for that division fell 5.6%.

Ms. Rometty has wager closely that IBM’s progress prospects lie in the booming cloud-computing market. Cloud income climbed 11% to $5.Zero billion.

Write to Asa Fitch at asa.fitch@wsj.com

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Ginni Rometty is IBM’s CEO. An earlier model of this text misspelled her first title as Ginny.

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