SAP software sales rose 8 percent in Q4

SAP's fourth-quarter revenue from software licenses increased 8 percent compared to the same period a year before, the German software vendor said Tuesday.

Fourth-quarter software revenue rose to Euro 1 billion (AUD$1.72 billion as of Dec. 31, the last day of the period being reported) compared to Euro 932 million in the same period the year before, the company said.

The figures are preliminary and were released Tuesday in a statement to the Frankfurt stock exchange. SAP is due to announce its final results at the end of the month.

Revenue from software in the Americas increased 26 percent to Euro 318 million, with the U.S. accounting for the lion's share of this growth. U.S. software revenue was up 19 percent to Euro 233 million, SAP said. Revenue from software in Europe, the Middle East and Africa was flat at Euro 579 million in the fourth quarter, compared to Euro 578 million the year earlier.

Total group revenue for the quarter increased 8 percent from the year-earlier period to Euro 2.4 billion, SAP said.

For the whole of 2004, software revenue grew 10 percent to Euro 2.4 billion from 2003, and total group revenue rose 7 percent to Euro 7.5 billion.

SAP plans to release complete fourth-quarter figures at a news conference scheduled for Jan. 26.

Separately, SAP announced Wednesday that it had appointed Bernd-Michael Rumpf as head of its Global Field Operations, reporting directly to Leo Apotheker, a member of the SAP executive board and president of Global Field Operations.

The field services organization comprises all consulting and education services that SAP offers worldwide.

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