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changes in the prices of our products;
manufacturing delays or interruptions;
acceptance by customers of competing products in lieu of our products;
variations in the cost of and lead times for components for our products;
limited availability of components that we obtain from a single or a limited number of suppliers;
seasonal and other fluctuations in demand for PCs often due to technological advances; and
availability and rates of transportation.
We often ship a high percentage of our total quarterly sales in the third month of the quarter, which makes it
difficult for us to forecast our financial results before the end of the quarter. As a result of the above or other factors,
our forecast of operating results for the quarter may differ materially from our actual financial results. If our results of
operations fail to meet the expectations of analysts or investors, it could cause an immediate and significant decline in
our stock price.
We have made and continue to make a number of estimates and assumptions relating to our consolidated financial reporting, and
actual results may differ significantly from our estimates and assumptions.
We have made and continue to make a number of estimates and assumptions relating to our consolidated finan-
cial reporting. The highly technical nature of our products and the rapidly changing market conditions with which we
deal means that actual results may differ significantly from our estimates and assumptions. These changes have
impacted our financial results in the past and may continue to do so in the future. Key estimates and assumptions for
us include:
price protection adjustments and other sales promotions and allowances on products sold to retailers, resellers
and distributors;
inventory adjustments for write-down of inventories to lower of cost or market value (net realizable value);
testing of goodwill and other long-lived assets for impairment;
reserves for doubtful accounts;
accruals for product returns;
accruals for warranty costs related to product defects;
accruals for litigation and other contingencies;
liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits; and
expensing of stock-based compensation.
The market price of our common stock is volatile.
The market price of our common stock has been, and may continue to be, extremely volatile. Factors that may
significantly affect the market price of our common stock include the following:
actual or anticipated fluctuations in our operating results, including those resulting from the seasonality of our
business;
announcements of technological innovations by us or our competitors, which may decrease the volume and
profitability of sales of our existing products and increase the risk of inventory obsolescence;
new products introduced by us or our competitors;
strategic actions by us or competitors, such as acquisitions and restructurings;
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