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Intel Lifts Q3 Guidance To $15bn

Banking on an improvement in the PC market, Intel has lifted its outlook for the third quarter.

Stronger buying activity which has concentrated in high-end laptops and gaming PCs has helped the company but analysts and industry executives said demand for entry-level PCs remains weak.

Intel, which supplies microprocessor chips used in close to 90 percent of all PCs, said it now expects third-quarter revenue of US$15.6 billion, plus or minus $300 million, up from a previous range of $14.9 billion. The company also boosted its gross margin forecast by two percentage points.

The new revenue expectations come in higher than last year’s third-quarter total of $14.47 billion.

Intel is set to report its third-quarter results on October 18. Its shares rose 3.1 percent to $37.69 in New York trading on Friday.

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