HP Lifts Earnings Outlook Despite Supply-Chain Disruptions

CEO Enrique Lores says component shortages have eased though are likely to persist this year

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HP offered an upbeat earnings outlook even as ongoing supply-chain disruptions and sanctions against Russia impact its laptop and printing business.

The tech equipment company on Tuesday said demand for computers in recent months was largely fueled by sales to commercial customers. HP joined Dell Technologies Inc. and others in seeing a slowdown in lower-cost laptop sales that boomed during the pandemic, whereas businesses are still investing in computers as staff switch from remote to hybrid work arrangements.

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