Cisco quarterly earnings beat estimates; shares rise

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FILE PHOTO: The logo of U.S. networks giant Cisco Systems is seen at their headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris, France, April 3, 2018. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

(Reuters) – Cisco Systems Inc reported quarterly earnings above analysts’ estimates on Wednesday, boosted by growth in its traditional business of selling switches and routers, as well as strength in its focus areas such as cyber security.

Cisco pivoted to software and cyber security to counter slowing demand for its routers and switches as companies increasingly opt for cloud-based services instead of building their own networks.

Revenue in its infrastructure platform business, which includes switches and routers, rose 5% to $7.55 billion. Analysts had expected revenue of $7.47 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

Sales in the company’s security business, which offers firewall protection and breach detection systems, rose 21% to $707 million, beating estimates of $670.4 million….



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