Gateway Pays $290,000 to Settle FTC Charges
The FTC said that Gateway, North Sioux City, SD, failed to provide money-back guarantees with full refunds and free on-site service to consumers as stated in its ads. Gateway was accused of deducting shipping charges -- which average $62 per customer -- from its full refund to customers and providing on-site service not at the customer's request but only after determining the customer could not make the repair.
Gateway released second-quarter earnings after press time July 23. Piper Jaffray, Minneapolis, expected the company to report earnings per share of $0.39, 5 cents below analyst expectations, on revenues of $1.7 billion.