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Software company SAP says Q4 sales up 12 pct

Thursday - 1/17/2013, 1:20pm  ET

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Business software provider SAP AG says sales rose 12 percent in the fourth quarter thanks to strong results from Asia.

Revenues rose to EUR5.02 billion ($6.7 billion) from EUR4.50 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Software revenue rose 22 percent in the Asia-Pacific-Japan region but only 8 percent in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The company, based in Walldorf, Germany, said Tuesday operating earnings fell 5 percent to EUR1.59 billion. That result was diminished by expenses of EUR151 million related to acquisitions and by EUR185 million from new, share-based compensation programs boosted by a rise in the company's stock price during the year.

SAP makes software to help companies manage back-office functions such as personnel and paying suppliers.

It releases detailed earnings including net profit Jan. 23.

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