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With Dell Merger Speculation Swirling, VMware Reports 14% Sales Growth

An attendee opens a Dell Ultrabook at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

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VMware Inc., the software company whose future is being evaluated for the second time in less than three years by parent Dell Technologies Inc., said sales continue to grow despite the uncertainty and competitive pressures. 

Sales in the fourth quarter rose 14 percent to $2.31 billion, the Palo Alto, California-based company said in a statement Thursday. Profit, excluding some items, was $1.68 a share. Analysts had projected $1.63 a share on sales of $2.26 billion, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.