The computer hardware maker's worldwide sales grew 25 percent, to $4.5 billion, compared with $3.6 billion in the same period a year ago. Compaq also said its inventories in the third quarter fell by $855 million, to $1.4 billion, as part of its continuing focus on asset management.
Compaq, the world's largest personal computer maker, said its inventory turns--a measure of the number of times it sold and replaced a product--increased to 9.0 in the third quarter, up from 5.1 a year earlier. Compaq said these operational improvements lifted its cash balance by 185 percent, compared to 1995 levels, to $3.2 billion.
The company today reported third quarter earnings of $1.25 a share, up from 89 cents a year ago.