Accenture Plc's (ACN.N) quarterly results beat Wall Street estimates and the technology outsourcing and consulting firm guided 2012 earnings above analysts' expectations.
The company also increased its semi-annual cash dividend 50 percent, to 67.5 cents per share, and approved $5 billion of additional share repurchase authority.
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Grand Canal Harbour, Ireland-based Accenture expects full-year earnings of $3.80-$3.88 per share, above analysts' average expectation of $3.76 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
Fourth-quarter net income was 91 cents per share, ahead of analysts expectations of 88 cents a share.
Revenue rose 23 percent to $6.7 billion, beating Wall Street's view of $6.5 billion.