Cisco posts Q4 decline but sees promise

Revenue and profit fell from last year, but Chambers said the quarter may mark a 'tipping point' for Cisco

Cisco Systems' revenue fell 18 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter ended July 25, hitting $US8.5 billion, while its net income dropped to $US1.1 billion, or $US0.19 per share.

But in a prepared statement, Chairman and CEO John Chambers said the company saw positive signs during the quarter that could signal a rebound in the world economy and the company's business.

"We believe there is a good chance we will look back and see that the tipping point occurred in our business in Q4," Chambers said in the earnings news release.

Not counting one-time items, Cisco's profit was $US0.31 per share, better than the consensus analyst estimate of $US0.29 per share by Thomson Reuters. Analysts had expected revenue of $US8.52 billion.

(More to come.)