Cisco Earnings Show Signs of Turnaround

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    Cisco buildings are everywhere in north San Jose.

    Cisco Systems, the world's largest maker of computer networking gear, is showing signs of pulling a turnaround, exceeding analyst sales expectations for the second quarter in a row.

     The San Jose-based company had net income of $1.8 billion, or 33 cents per share, in the fiscal first quarter, which ended in October. That compares with $1.9 billion, or 34 cents per share, a year ago.

    Excluding special items, earnings were 43 cents per share, 3 cents above the average projection of analyst polled by FactSet.       

    Revenue grew nearly 5 percent from last year to $11.3 billion.

     That was about $230 million above analyst estimates.

            Cisco Systems Inc. has been slashing jobs and culling divisions this year in an effort to revive growth