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Hewlett-Packard's profit beats estimates on server demand

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HARDWARE ZONE: The company is splitting into two entities - one selling PCs and printers, and the other supplying technology to businesses - by the end of the year, seeking to become more responsive in each market.

San Francisco

HEWLETT-PACKARD Co reported fiscal second-quarter profit that exceeded analysts' estimates as corporate technology spending picked up ahead of the computer maker's planned separation into two companies.

Profit before certain items was 87 US cents a share in the period