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1/20/12 4:20 PM Confirming Pages APPENDIX B Dell Annual Report (selected pages) B-7 DELL INC.
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
NOTE 1 — DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS AND SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
Description of Business — Dell Inc., a Delaware corporation (both individually and together with its consolidated subsidiaries, "Dell"), offers a
broad range of technology product categories, including mobility products, desktop PCs, software and peripherals, servers and networking products,
storage, and services. Dell sells its products and services directly to customers through dedicated sales representatives, telephone-based sales, and
online at www.dell.com, and through a variety of indirect sales channels. Dell's business segments are Large Enterprise, Public, Small and Medium
Business and Consumer. References to Commercial business refer to Large Enterprise, Public, and Small and Medium Business.
Fiscal Year — Dell's fiscal year is the 52 or 53 week period ending on the Friday nearest January 31. The fiscal years ended January 28, 2011,
January 29, 2010, and January 30, 2009, included 52 weeks.
Principles of Consolidation — The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Dell Inc. and its wholly-owned
subsidiaries and have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). All
significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.
Use of Estimates — The preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP requires the use of management's estimates. These estimates
are subjective in nature and involve judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and
liabilities at fiscal year-end, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the fiscal year. Actual results could differ from those
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