3Com narrowly beat analyst expectations with its fourth quarter results, as it began its recovery from the acquisition of US Robotics a year ago. Net income increased by 52 per cent to $63.6 million, or 18 cents a share. Analysts had been expecting 17 cents a share. When the networking company acquired modem maker US Robotics it was confronted by a long list of inventory and other problems, which resulted in a series of disapppointing quarters. Eric Benhamou, 3Com's chief executive, said: "We have turned the corner and have begun to realise operating efficiencies and improved financial results." Sales of systems products including switches, hubs and remote access concentrators increased by eight per cent over the year to $671.3 million. However, client access product sales, including network interface cards and modems, fell by six per cent to $704.2 million. The results also included a $8.4 million charge for 3Com's acquisition of network interface card supplier Lanworks Technology.
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