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Intel’s 4th-quarter profit rises 6%

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Intel’s fourth-quarter net income rose 6 percent, as the company offset flat demand for its personal computer chips with higher sales of other products.

The world’s largest chipmaker earned $2.63 billion, or 51 cents per share, up from $2.47 billion, or 48 cents per share, in the same quarter of 2012. Revenue rose 3 percent to $13.83 billion.

Analysts polled by FactSet expected a profit of 52 cents per share on revenue of $13.72 billion.

Intel supplies chips for the majority of personal computer processors, so the consumer shift away from PCs —and toward tablets and smartphones— continues to hurt sales. The company has tried to offset the decline with higher sales of chips for servers, phones and tablets.

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