Cloud growth helps Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations

Cloud growth helps Microsoft beat Wall Street expectations
Microsoft posted revenue of 37.2 billion dollars in the July-September period (PA)

Microsoft has reported quarterly earnings that beat Wall Street expectations, as it continued to weather the coronavirus pandemic amid increased demand for its flagship software and services.

The company reported fiscal first-quarter profit of 13.9 billion dollars (£10.6bn), or 1.82 dollars per share, beating Wall Street expectations of 1.54 dollars a share.

Microsoft posted revenue of 37.2 billion dollars (£28.5bn) in the July-September period, up 12% from last year.

Analysts had been looking for revenue of 35.8 billion dollars, according to FactSet.

The software giant has benefited from a Covid-19-fuelled trend of working and learning from home that boosted demand for its cloud computing services and workplace productivity products, such as email and video conferencing.

It has also experienced heightened demand for its Xbox gaming system.

The company’s growth was led by its commercial cloud segment, which grew 31% from the previous year to generate 15.2 billion dollars (£11.6bn) in revenue, said Amy Hood, Microsoft’s chief financial officer.

Revenue from the company’s Xbox content and services grew 30% as the company next month prepares to launch its first new console since 2013. Preorders began in September.

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