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Intel revenue drops $2bn following EC fine

But CEO says PC market is improving

Intel's net income for the second fiscal quarter of 2009 dropped $2 billion year-over-year because of the hefty fine imposed on the chip maker by the European Commission.

The EC in May fined Intel €1.06 billion after finding it guilty of antitrust violations in the microprocessor market. Intel took a charge of $1.45 billion related to the fine.

The EC accused Intel of anticompetitive behaviour and using its market position to dominate the microprocessor space. The investigation focused around Intel giving rebates to computer manufacturers in return for them buying microprocessors in bulk.

Including the charge, Intel reported a net loss of $398 million. Net revenue for the quarter ended June 27 was $8 billion, a drop of $1.4 billion compared to the previous year.

"Intel's second-quarter results reflect improving conditions in the PC market segment with our strongest first- to second-quarter growth since 1988 and a clear expectation for a seasonally stronger second half," said Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO.


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