Well, it's time again for that bit of fun known here in dell hell as a "By the Numbers" blog, and they are among my favorites to write. Numbers are easy, as long as they aren't too big...
1 - shareholder who had the cajones to get up and ask why they were paying bonuses to Dell executives who have been presiding over what can best be described as a mess. Here is a quote to get you going... "Shareholders who held stock for 12 months lost half their money. Stock was down 50 percent, thousands of employees were laid off. Yet I see in most cases, executive compensation is up, in some cases significantly. I'm just trying to understand how something like that can be justified, given that shareholders and employees have suffered so much."
1.1 - million dollars, which is the annual cost for security for Michael Dell (security from shareholders??)
1.05 - dollars, which is the amount dell shares fell after the recent analyst meeting at Dell HQ
8.1 - the percentage fall in share price 1.05 represents
2 - Number of stars dell was awarded by the Motley Fool investment community (that ain't good folks) and here is a quote from one of them... "Dell is a pretender and their best days will always be in their rear view mirrors."
2 - Number of times in little more than a week that dell offered deals too good to be true online in Taiwan, much to the displeasure of Taiwanese officials and thousands of citizens who tried to take advantage of the offers.
-18.7 - percentage growth for dell in the last quarter compared to 08
1.2 - percentage growth for HP in the same quarterly comparison
So there it is, small numbers tell a big story...