Sun Microsystems takes hit in difficult quarter

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Sun Microsystems takes hit in difficult quarter

Sun Microsystems has posted a quarterly loss as its formal takeover by Oracle nears completion.

The company lost US$147m ($176.8m) over the past financial quarter, amid falling revenues. The company estimated revenue over the period at US$2.6bn, compared to the previous year's US$3.8bn.

The losses come as Sun enters the final stages of its acquisition by Oracle. The database giant agreed to buy Sun in April following a heated battle with IBM.

The proposed buyout was approved by Sun shareholders in July, and the deal was given the green light by US anti-trust authorities in August.

Oracle and Sun are still awaiting a final decision on the deal from the European Union before finalising the merger.

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