The world's biggest PC maker, Dell keeps getting bigger. It posted sales of $56.7 billion in the most recent 12-month period through the first quarter of 2006, thanks in part to growth in sales of computer services to big businesses and in PC sales in Asia and Europe. The company, based in Round Rock, Tex., also is seeing revenue gains in non-PC hardware, including servers and storage machines. At the same time, Dell's once-strong sales growth rate is slowing, largely due to problems in its core U.S. market; its growth rate is currently 11%, well below that of other companies and down from the 15%-to-18% rate Dell was posting a year ago. Dell's poor stock return of -36.4 reflects its sagging stock price, which has fallen about 36% during the 12 months ended May 31.
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