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How did gadget makers fare last quarter?

Companies providing gadgets, components, services, and related software have begun releasing earnings for the latest quarter. The reports come as consumers shift their spending toward phone and tablets and away from traditional PCs. Here’s a look at how selected companies are faring.

April 5: Estimates from Samsung Electronics Co. show that operating profit for the quarter grew 53 percent from a year earlier to $7.7 billion, outpacing expectations for what’s normally a slow time for consumer electronics sales. Analysts say Samsung benefited from smartphone sales and shortages in memory chips for PCs.

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