Cisco posts 27% profit increase

Cisco Systems' first-quarter earnings jumped 27% over last year on higher sales of the gear that connects computers to the Internet, an Associated Press report said.

The Associated Press report said that the firm's net income for the quarter ended October 28 was $1.61 billion, compared with $1.26 billion in the same period last year.

Quarterly sales for the San Jose-based company were $8.18 billion, compared with $6.55 billion last year, the report said.

Excluding one-time charges, the company would have earned $1.9 billion.

The company was expected to earn, on average, $0.29 per share on $7.9 billion in revenue, according to analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial.

'This strong momentum demonstrates that customers increasingly share our vision of the network as the platform for all forms of communication and IT,' John Chambers, Cisco's CEO, was quoted as saying.

Chambers said sales increased across several categories and the company expects year-over-year revenue growth of 24% to 25% in the second quarter.

Scientific-Atlanta, which Cisco acquired for $6.9 billion in February, added $584 million in sales during the quarter. Scientific-Atlanta, the world's second-largest seller of cable television boxes after Motorola, also specializes in broadband services such as digital content distribution systems.