Intel said its first-quarter profit declined 12 percent, hurt by charges, but sales grew amid healthy global demand for its processors and...

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SANTA CLARA, Calif — Intel said its first-quarter profit declined 12 percent, hurt by charges, but sales grew amid healthy global demand for its processors and chipsets.

The world’s biggest semiconductor maker today said it earned $1.44 billion, or 25 cents a share, down from $1.64 billion, or 28 cents a share, a year ago. Restructuring and asset impairment charges lowered the latest quarter’s earnings by 4 cents.

Revenue jumped 9 percent to $9.67 billion, beating analysts’ estimates.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial were expecting, on average, a profit of 25 cents a share on sales of $9.63 billion.

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel expects second-quarter sales of $9 billion to $9.6 billion. Analysts are predicting $9.23 billion.

Intel shares rose nearly 6 percent in after-hours trading.