A strong increase in sales within Europe, Middle East and Africa has helped Novell to almost double its profit during its fiscal third quarter.
Revenues leapt 20 per cent to $327 million for the period ended 31 July, while net income increased 81 per cent to $49 million. Earnings per share were $0.14, beating the $0.13 per share estimate of analysts polled by First Call.
Said Eric Schmidt, Novell's chairman and chief executive, "We are seeing excellent results across Novell's directory business. Our three areas of focus: intelligent servers, directory applications and service, education and consulting are performing very well."
Sales in Europe, Middle East and Africa increased 39 per cent year on year to $100 million, on strong gains in Germany, the UK, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Russia.
By product category, revenues from directory enabled Netware server totaled $175 million, an increase of 27 per cent. The latest version of Netware, version 5.0, grew 34 per cent to $75 million, while sales of older versions of the network operating system that does not include Novell Directory Services plummeted 37 per cent to $28 million.
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