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Cognos reports Q2 profit jump

Business software maker Cognos today reported a jump in second-quarter earnings and announced that it plans to buy a private software developer of Web-based information access applications.

    Business software maker Cognos (COGNF) today reported a jump in second-quarter earnings and announced that it plans to buy a private software developer of Web-based information access applications.

    Cognos reported revenue of $58 million, up 26 percent from year-ago figures.

    And the company posted earnings of $11 million, or 24 cents a share, compared with $7.5 million, or 16 cents a share, a year ago.

    The company met Wall Street estimates of 24 cents a share, according to First Call.

    Cognos attributed the revenue growth to its core product line of business software, with total revenue from these products in the quarter reaching $41 million--an increase of 50 percent from a year ago.

    Cognos also said it plans to acquire Interweave Software, a private software developer of Web-based information access applications. Cognos will pay $13 million and assume certain liabilities of about $3 million.

    Based in Santa Clara, California, Interweave Software's products allow IT organizations to deploy intranet- and extranet-based business intelligence applications across enterprises of employees, customers, and business partners.