ROUND ROCK, TEXAS - Coming after two consecutive disappointing quarters, Dell Computer's latest set of numbers reflect the resiliency of the company's low-cost, direct-sales strategy.
    For the fiscal quarter to February 3, Dell posted net income of $1.01 billion (€848.31m; £580.36m), up year-on-year from $667 million, thereby bettering Wall Street's expectations. Revenue rose 13% to $15.18bn from $13.46bn a year earlier.
    Sales outside the US were 43% of its overall revenue for the fourth quarter, up from 40% in the year-earlier period. In Europe, revenue rose 18% to $3.7bn, while Asia Pacific-Japan revenue was up 21% to $1.7bn.