August 8, 2012 / 1:48 PM / in 6 years

HP ups third-quarter EPS outlook, takes $8 billion charge

(Reuters) - Hewlett Packard Co (HPQ.N) raised its third-quarter earnings outlook and said it was taking an $8 billion goodwill impairment charge in its services unit.

A view of the Hewlett Packard headquarters in Palo Alto, California November 23, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

It also said it expects to record a pre-tax charge of about $1.5 billion to $1.7 billion from restructuring.

The world’s No. 1 personal computer maker said on Wednesday it now expects earnings per share, excluding items, of about $1.00 compared with analysts’ estimates of 97 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Previously it had forecast EPS in a range of 94 cents to 97 cents.

HP said it is taking higher restructuring charges than it had predicted in the third quarter because more employees than expected are taking early retirement and because it is implementing its workforce reduction program faster than expected.

HP had said in May that it was planning to cut around 27,000 jobs or 8 percent of its workforce over several years in an effort to save up to $3.5 billion annually.

HP shares rose 2 percent in early morning trading.

    Reporting By Nicola Leske; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick

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