- Associated Press - Monday, August 9, 2010

WALTHAM, MASS. (AP) - Networking software maker Novell Inc. on Monday cut its fiscal third-quarter revenue outlook, saying customer jitters over the company’s possible sale are hurting sales.

Novell now expects revenue of $197 million to $199 million for the three months that ended July 31. The company previously predicted revenue of $205 million to $210 million, and analysts polled by Thomson Financial have been expecting $207.1 million in revenue, on average.

Novell said the revision stems from the negative effect that customer uncertainty is having on sales. The company has been considering various corporate alternatives, including a joint venture or possible sale. In March Novell rejected a $2 billion takeover offer from private equity firm Elliott Associates LP, calling the bid “inadequate.”

Novell shares fell 16 cents, or 2.7 percent, to $5.85 in after-hours trading. The stock had finished regular trading down 7 cents at $6.01.

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