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AMD sales remain flat for fourth quarter of 2010

Jenny Williams

AMD has posted sales of $1.65bn and profit of $375m for the fourth quarter of 2010.

Profits for the quarter were down 68% compared to $1.2bn profit in the same quarter in 2009. Sales figures were flat on last year's figures.

"Microprocessor ASP decreased sequentially and was flat year-over-year. The sequential decrease was due to lower notebook and server ASPs," said AMD.

"AMD enters 2011 with significant momentum, amplified by the successful launch of our first Fusion APUs," said Thomas Seifert, CFO and interim CEO at AMD.

"I am confident we can drive profitable growth based on the strength of new products we will bring to market. Our customers recognise that Fusion APUs are at the core of delivering the world's most vivid digital experiences," he added.

According to the Wall Street Journal, AMD's profits fell due to a gain of a legal settlement paid by rival, Intel. AMD said the PC market is growing between 10% and 11%, and it is seeing better demand in the first quarter, reported the WSJ.

The recent departure of AMD's chief executive Dirk Meyer has been linked to board concerns about missing out on the mobile market,

AMD's shares slumped 9% after the company unexpectedly announced that Meyer was leaving as the result of a "mutual agreement" with the board of directors.


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