Dell may have reported profits down 23% during its second quarter, but this was better than had been expected. The PC maker also experienced an uptick in consumer demand although corporate sales are still down.

The company increased its consumer PC shipments by 17%, although revenue was down 9% to $2,9-billion, thanks to aggressive price-cutting and a move by consumers to smaller, cheaper netbook computers.
Corporate sales fell 32% to $3,3-billion.
The company's profits were $472-million, compare to $616-million for the comparable period last year.