IBM's first-quarter earnings and sales were better than expected as the company's software unit posted double-digit revenue growth. The company also raised its earnings outlook for 2010.
Big Blue reported first-quarter earnings of $2.6 billion, or $1.97 a share, on revenue of $22.9 billion, up 5 percent from a year ago. Wall Street was looking for $1.93 a share on revenue of $22.7 billion, according to Thomson Reuters.
IBM said it was confident that it could grow revenue. The company also projected 2010 earnings of $11.20 a share. Wall Street was looking for $11.12 a share for 2010. IBM added that it expects revenue growth for its hardware, software and services businesses in the second quarter.