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Bell Micro Reports Prelims

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Bell Microproducts Inc.
(NASDAQ:BELM) announced preliminary Q1 2007 revenue in a range of $990
million to $1.01 billion, an increase of 14% to 16% from Q1 2006 revenue of
$867 million.

The Company's European operations posted solid revenue growth of
approximately 13% and represented roughly 44% of the Company's total first
quarter revenue. In Latin America, revenues increased approximately 14% and
represented 14% of total revenue in the quarter. North American revenue
increased more than 20% and generated approximately 42% of the quarter's

The Solutions category of product and services sales grew 27% to 53% of
total sales in the first quarter, as compared to 48% in Q1 2006, driven
primarily by strong computer platform and storage systems sales and the
acquisition of ProSys. The Components and Peripherals category grew
approximately 6% and represented 47% of sales in the first quarter, as
compared to 52% in Q1 2006. Disk drive revenue increased approximately 20%
year over year, increased slightly from Q4 2006 levels, and represented
approximately 30% of total revenue.

Commenting on the preliminary Q1 results, W. Donald Bell, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Bell Microproducts, said, "We are pleased with
our strong revenue growth again this quarter. Our international businesses
in Europe and Latin America performed well in the first quarter and both
generated double digit revenue growth. In our North American operations, we
experienced substantial revenue growth in our higher margin Industrial and
Enterprise sales channels. This was partially offset by revenue decreases in
our US commercial sales channel as we continue to focus on more profitable
products and customers. In its second quarter of results as part of Bell
Microproducts, ProSys Information Systems generated revenue in line with our
expectations. Our solid start to the new year gives us confidence that we
are well positioned for continued growth for the balance of 2007 and

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