The average sales growth among technology companies was 16 percent, according to an analysis by Baseline. The magazine looked at 17 companies with market capitalizations in excess of $1 billion. All have reported their earnings in the last two weeks (see tables below).
IBM was helped by a 22 percent jump in sales of WebSphere, a middleware product that makes companies data accessible through browsers. At Microsoft, strong server and tools sales made up for a delay in versions of Windows Vista and Office 2007 intended for consumers.