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SAP lifts forecasts on strong second-quarter revenue

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Berlin (AFP)

German software maker SAP on Thursday upgraded its revenue forecast for the full year, as cloud computing boosted sales in the second quarter, while profits fell.

Between April and June, SAP's net profit fell by 18 percent compared with the same period in 2016, to 666 million euros ($767 million).

Operating, or underlying, profit dropped 27 percent to 926 million euros.

Profits "were primarily impacted by a strong increase in restructuring related expenses" in the second quarter, as well as a system of paying employees in shares, SAP said in a statement.

But the software maker was able to boost revenues by 10 percent to 5.8 billion euros, better than expected by analysts surveyed by financial data company Factset.

Continuing a trend seen in previous quarters, revenues from SAP's cloud computing products grew the fastest, adding 29 percent to 932 million euros.

Cloud business remains relatively small alongside sales of the group's traditional software licences and support services, which grew by just five percent to 3.8 billion euros.

Encouraged by larger revenues and the expectation of a 34-percent boost to cloud sales, SAP marginally upgraded its full-year sales forecast to 23.3-23.7 billion euros, from 23.2-23.6 billion euros previouisly.

In 2016, SAP's sales amounted to 22.1 billion euros.

The group always presents its forecasts using non-IFRS accounting standards, which exclude certain costs.

It left its outlook for operating profit unchanged, at 6.8-7.0 billion euros.

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