The pair posted less than flattering numbers for third quarter of their fiscal ’19 that were caused by floppy demand in corporate land.

WD fared the worst of the two: sales for the quarter ended 29 March fell 26.7 per cent year-on-year to $3.7bn, with hard disks down 20.4 per cent to $2.1bn and flash sliding by a third to $1.6bn.

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Miligan had warned about a “softening business environment” three months ago at the last quarterly results call, due to lower demand for smartphones, a slowdown in purchases from the hyper scale vendors and bad shit happening politically in parts of the world.

To offset this, WD identified $800m of overheads to fling overboard, including chopping a bunch of workers.

WD now expects total disk exabyte shipments in capacity to be flat or slightly up this year.

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