22 Jan 2012

Microsoft profit down

6:22 am on 22 January 2012

Profits at Microsoft in the three months to the end of December fell slightly as lower computer sales hit its core Windows business.

The world's largest software company made a net profit of $US6.624 billion, against $US6.634 billion for its second quarter last year.

Revenues rose 5% to $20.89bn, slightly down on some analysts' expectations.

The BBC reports revenue at the Windows operating system division fell, but rose at its server, Xbox 360 and online services arms.

Microsoft's shares rose 2.1% in after-hours trading on Friday.