SINGAPORE - May 24, 2008- Creative Technology Ltd, a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products, today announced that as part of its efforts to reduce operating expenses, as previously announced the Company will incur restructuring charges in its current fourth fiscal quarter. The restructuring charges are expected to be about US$15 million.
Creative also announced today that it expects the Company's revenues for the current fourth fiscal quarter to come in at approximately US$130 million.
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Creative is a worldwide leader in digital entertainment products. Famous for its Sound Blaster® audio cards and for launching the multimedia revolution, Creative is now driving digital entertainment on the PC platform with products like its highly acclaimed ZEN portable audio and media players. Creative's innovative hardware, proprietary technology, applications and services leverage the Internet, enabling consumers to experience high-quality digital entertainment -- anytime, anywhere.
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