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Each year, Cisco's success makes CEO John Chambers' challenge even greater: to make good on his pledge to keep the $24 billion networking behemoth growing at more than 12%, while maintaining the best margins for any hardware company on the planet. It would be an unprecedented feat, but Chambers has Cisco positioned in a host of promising markets, from voice-over-Internet-protocol phone systems to wireless home networks.
The result: So far, so good. Cisco has upped sales 12% through the first three quarters of its fiscal year, to $18.2 billion, with gross margins a mouth-watering 68.6% -- nearly twice that of IBM. The trick will be executing on so many fronts at once.
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
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