IBM revenue slips for third straight quarter

File: IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York.

File: IBM Corporate Headquarters in Armonk, New York.


SAN FRANCISCO - IBM reported that revenue slipped for the third consecutive quarter this year, causing shares to cede a little ground in after-market trades.

The US technology veteran said it took in $17.6 billion during the three months that ended on September 30, compared to $18 billion in the same period a year earlier.

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Net income, however, was up slightly to $1.7 billion as the company trimmed costs, according to the earnings report.

IBM shares were down 2.6 percent in after-market trades.

The New York-based company spotlighted growth in its cloud computing business, which saw overall revenue climb some 19 percent to $6 billion.

"The strong performance of our cloud business, led by Red Hat, underscores the growing client adoption of our open hybrid cloud platform," said IBM chief executive Arvind Krishna.

IBM last year closed its $34 billion deal to buy enterprise software company Red Hat.

The group recently unveiled a corporate reorganization to allow it to focus on cloud computing, spinning off its division for managed infrastructure.

By separating its managed infrastructure services business, IBM is sharpening focus on its offerings in a "hybrid cloud" market valued at a trillion dollars, according to Krishna.

Hybrid cloud offerings combine data center capabilities tapped into online with private computer systems at businesses.

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The spin-off will create two separate, publicly-traded firms by the end of 2021, according to IBM.

The move positions IBM to ramp up competition in cloud computing against rivals such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.