The earnings-per-share total of 90 cents is composed of 87 cents in earnings plus a one-time net gain of 3 cents per share. The earnings-from-operations figure of 87 cents per share represents a 45 percent increase over the same quarter a year ago, officials said.
Group vice president Paul Maritz commented that strong sales of Windows 95 and Windows NT along with strong OEM sales helped drive revenues for the quarter.
Separately, IBM officials also reported strong quarterly earnings. Big Blue surprised analysts with a strong fourth-quarter earnings report. The company said it earned $1.7 billion in the fourth quarter, up from $1.2 billion a year ago.