Salesforce Quarterly Revenue Jumps 26%


Cloud software company Inc (NYSE:CRM) raised its full-year revenue forecast, betting on higher demand for its web-based sales and marketing software and services.

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The company's shares rose 8.8 percent in after-market trading on Wednesday.

The world's biggest maker of online sales software has been benefiting as businesses choose more cloud software services that cost less and are easier to manage.

Salesforce forecast revenue of $6.48 billion to $6.52 billion for the year ending January 2016, up from $6.45 billion-$6.5 billion it forecast in November.

Analysts on average were expecting full-year revenue of $6.50 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Salesforce reported a 26 percent jump in fourth-quarter revenue to $1.45 billion.

Subscription and support revenue, which accounts for about 93 percent of total revenue, rose 25 percent, while professional services revenue jumped 41.3 percent in the three months ended Jan. 31.

The company's net loss narrowed to $65.8 million, or 10 cents per share, from $116.6 million, or 19 cents per share, a year earlier.

Excluding items, the company earned 14 cents per share.

The fourth-quarter results were in line with analysts' average expectations.

The company's shares closed at $62.87 on the New York Stock Exchange.

(Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bengaluru; Editing by Sriraj Kalluvila)