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AMD hit by flash-memory slump

A financial forecast update from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) predicts that the company will continue to be hampered by a...

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A financial forecast update from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) predicts that the company will continue to be hampered by a depressed flash memory market in its third quarter but will benefit from strong PC processor sales.

AMD expects its sales of flash memory products to decline by almost 30% compared to second quarter results. The company believes this will contribute to a 15% decline in revenue compared to the second quarter.

Rob Herb, AMD's executive vice-president and chief sales and marketing officer, said the company was expecting to report an operating loss for its third quarter.

AMD had previously forecast a decline in revenue of between 10% and 15%.

On a more positive note, AMD said it would continue to benefit from increasing sales of PC processors, in particular its Athlon and Duron versions, which accounted for a combined 7.8 million sales during the second quarter.

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