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Week ahead: Adobe reports; CRM gets feted

Adobe Systems and 3Com are set to announce quarterly earnings, and on the trade show scene, wireless and customer relationship management software will be taking the stage in an otherwise quiet week.

Following are some of the notable tech-related events scheduled for the week of March 14.

Adobe Systems and 3Com will be among the few tech companies to announce quarterly earnings in the coming week, as the end of the first calendar quarter draws near.

On the trade show scene, wireless and customer relationship management software will be taking the stage in an otherwise quiet week.

The information was gathered from First Call, Hoover's Online, and CNET Investor.

Events scheduled this week:

Tech events

Sunday, March 14

  • Industry players will discuss some of the latest technology developments and hear case studies during Gartner's first Symposium/ITxpo, March 14-17, Barcelona, Spain.

Monday, March 15

  • Pick a winner. Who are the winners in the CRM landscape and how can you build a CRM system to deliver the desired results? Those issues will be discussed during the CRM Spring Summit, March 15-17, Baltimore.

Tuesday, March 16

  • Wire-free. Wireless experts and executives will examine strategic buying decisions and the future direction of the industry during Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo, March 16-18, Toronto.

Earnings

Thursday, March 18

  • 3Com is a networking equipment maker. It's expected to report a third-quarter loss of 13 cents a share.

  • Adobe Systems is a publishing-software maker. It's expected to report a first-quarter profit of 40 cents a share.

  • PalmSource develops the Palm operating system. It's expected to report a third-quarter profit of 23 cents a share.

Economic reports

Monday, March 15

  • Industrial Production measures the total output of U.S. factories, mines and utilities. February growth is expected to fall to 0.4 percent, compared with 0.8 percent the previous month.

Tuesday, March 16
  • Housing Starts is the total of new home construction projects. The February number is expected to grow to 1.93 million, from 1.9 million in January.

Wednesday, March 17
  • Consumer Price Index is one of most significant measures of inflation, monitoring the decline or fall of the price of a fixed basket of consumer goods and services. February growth is expected to fall to 0.3 percent, from 0.5 percent in January.

Thursday, March 18
  • Leading Economic Indicators summarizes previously reported totals such as building permits and unemployment claims. It's expected to dip to 0.1 percent for February, compared with 0.5 percent in January.