Dell Disappoints Once More

The PC maker says it will use more AMD chips, but that did little to make up for disclosures of slumping profits and a regulatory probe

Say this much for Dell: It delivered on at least some expectations when it reported earnings Aug. 17. For starters, the computer maker said second-quarter profit tumbled to $502 million, or 22 cents a share, in keeping with an earlier warning that analysts' average projections were too optimistic.

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