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Dell Results Underscore Challenges Facing Turnaround Plan

Dell Inc. reported results that underscore the challenges facing the company amid a decline in personal-computer sales, whatever the outcome of a vote next month on Michael Dell’s $24.9 billion plan to go private.

Net income for the fiscal second quarter fell 72 percent to $204 million, or 12 cents a share, from $732 million, or 42 cents, a year earlier. Revenue for the quarter ended Aug. 2 was little changed at $14.5 billion. Analysts on average predicted profit of $275 million on $14.2 billion in sales.