SAP earnings lower in 4th quarter

WALLDORF, GERMANY - JANUARY 08: Signage at the headquarters of SAP AG, Germany's largest software company on January 8, 2013 in Walldorf, Germany. The software giant plans to continue to expand its research and development centres throughout Asia. (Photo by Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images) Thomas Lohnes

BERLIN Business software maker SAP AG says its fourth-quarter net earnings were down 8 percent but is reporting a 14 percent rise in revenue from software and software-related services.

The Walldorf, Germany-based company said Wednesday that it earned 1.1 billion euro ($1.4 billion) in the October-December quarter, down from nearly 1.2 billion euro a year earlier. Software and software-related service revenue, a key figure for the company, was up to 4.23 billion euro from 3.72 billion euro.

For the whole of 2012, earnings were 18 percent lower at 2.83 billion euro, while the revenue figure was 16 percent higher at 13.16 billion euro.

SAP forecast somewhat slower growth this year in revenue from software and software-related services.

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