Microsoft posts first ever quarterly loss of $0.06 per share on $18.06 billion in sales

Microsoft Q4 2012 Earnings

Microsoft (MSFT) on Thursday reported its earnings for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2012. The software giant posted its first ever quarterly loss of $0.06 per share on sales of $18.06 billion, due to a huge $6.2 billion charge in its online services division relating to its failed 2007 acquisition of aQuantive. Excluding one-time charges, the company managed a record quarter, pulling in a profit of $0.73 per share versus Wall Street’s EPS expectations of $0.62, on revenue of $18.06 billion, which narrowly missed the Street’s $18.13 billion consensus. Microsoft’s performance is expected to be further bolstered later this year following the launches of its Surface tablet computer, Windows 8 operating system and Office 2013 productivity suite. Microsoft’s press release follows below.

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