(Reuters) – Dell Technologies Inc (DELL.N) on Thursday posted a smaller-than-expected drop in quarterly revenue and beat profit estimates on robust demand for its notebooks and software products for remote work and online learning.

FILE PHOTO: The logo for Dell Technologies Inc. is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 10, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Shares of the company were up 2% in trading after the bell.

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a rapid shift to cloud, spurring demand for products that allow organizations to carry on, even as millions of people around the globe work from home to stay safe, and schools to hold virtual classes.

Orders for Dell from the education sector jumped 24% in the second quarter ended July 31, and government orders rose 16%.

The company also saw an uptick in demand for its gaming systems, including Alienware as more people turned to gaming during stay-at-home orders.

Revenue from the company’s biggest segment that includes desktop PCs, notebooks and tablets fell 4.6% to $11.20 billion, and data center sales dropped 4.8% to $8.21 billion as companies directed their spending towards remote work, Dell said.

Its software unit VMware, which has directly benefited from the shift to cloud, posted a 9.7% rise in revenue to $2.91 billion. Dell said in July it was planning to spin off its 81% stake in the unit.

The company’s total revenue slid 2.7% to $22.73 billion from a year earlier, but edged past analysts’ average estimate of $22.52 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Excluding items, Dell earned $1.92 per share, beating estimates of $1.40 per share.

Net income fell to about $1.10 billion, or $1.37 per share, from $4.23 billion, or $4.47 per share.

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli

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source: reuters.com

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