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Cisco reports better-than-expected results even as revenue suffers steepest drop in 15 years

Cisco reported earnings and revenue for the fiscal third quarter that topped Wall Street's estimates, even with sales dropping from a year earlier. The stock rose as much as 8% in extended trading.

Here's how the company did in comparison with LSEG consensus:

Cisco's revenue declined by about 13% year over year in the quarter, which ended on April 27, according to a statement. That's the steepest slide since 2009. Net income fell 41% to $1.89 billion, or 46 cents per share, from $3.21 billion, or 78 cents per share, a year earlier.

The weakening performance stems from clients setting up the equipment they received in recent quarters, according to the statement. Cisco offered similar commentary in its previous earnings report.

"We currently expect customers to complete the installation of the majority of their inventory by the end of our fiscal year in July," Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said on a conference call with analysts. He said he was happy Cisco is approaching the end of supply chain challenges it has faced for years.

Cisco's public sector business was weaker in the U.S. than in other regions.

"We believe this has since cleared with the subsequent signing of the most recent U.S. federal government funding," Robbins said.

Networking revenue, at $6.52 billion, slipped 27%. The category, which includes data center switches, continues to represent a majority of overall revenue.

During the quarter, Cisco completed its $28 billion acquisition of security software maker Splunk. The deal lowered Cisco's adjusted earnings per share by a penny but provided $413 million in additional revenue.

"Upon closing the deal, we identified 5,000 existing Cisco customers who have the potential to become meaningful Splunk customers and our sales