SAP software sales rose 8% in Q4

Americas account for most of growth

SAP's fourth quarter revenue from software licenses increased 8% compared to the same period a year before, SAP announced earlier this month.

Fourth-quarter revenue rose to €1 billion ($US1.37 billion) compared to €932 million in the same period the preivous year, the company said.

The figures are preliminary and were released 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% to €318 million, with the US accounting for the lion's share of this growth. US software revenue was up 19% to €233 million, SAP said. Revenue from software in Europe, the Middle East and Africa was flat at €579 million in the fourth quarter, compared to €578 million the year earlier.

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

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

SAP also announced 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 organisation comprises all consulting and education services that SAP offers worldwide.

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