The terrorist storm on the world of IT
It is citing the film with George Clooney, but also a meteorological event, considered unique and almost unrepeatable but really happened in the late 80s off the coast of Massachussetts, the "Perfect Storm", which Compaq gave yesterday's announcement that the company's fiscal third quarter will close in liabilities. The loss should be between 5 and 7 cents per share on a turnover between 7.4 and 7.5 billion dollars, 12% less than in the second quarter. The storm to which Compaq refers obviously the particular climate that created after the terrorist attacks on America and which undermined the confidence of the market. "We lost a week of work and business – said the head of financial operations Jeff Clarke – and September was a very important month during which our company adds up half the sales for the entire quarter. ”Compaq's announcement significant for the entire industry. It is the first company to openly accuse terrorist attacks of damaging its turnover by confirming the fears expressed by some analysts immediately after the event of the twin towers.In the context of the Compaq announcement, many observers expressed their fear that it is simply the first in a series. The month of September is not only critical for Compaq; most computer hardware manufacturers have 50 to 70 percent of sales in those thirty days. Apple will be submitting its tax report in the middle of this month, probably October 17.