RIM profit jumps 32 percent on strong BlackBerry sales

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TORONTO (Reuters) - Research In Motion's <RIM.TO> <RIMM.O> net profit jumped 32 percent in its fiscal fourth quarter, boosted by strong global BlackBerry smartphone sales as it readies next month's North American launch of its PlayBook tablet computer.

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The Canadian company reported net profit of $934 million, or $1.78 per share, on revenue of $5.6 billion, it said after the stock market closed on Thursday .

Analysts had, on average, expected earnings of $1.76 per share and revenue of $5.64 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

(Reporting by Alastair Sharp)