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German software company SAP AG has nearly doubled its first-quarter net profit as demand for its products, along with sales, rose among customers worldwide.

SAP, based in Walldorf, reported Wednesdasy net income of euro387 million ($514.3 million) in the January-March period compared with euro196 million a year earlier. That's an increase of 97 percent.

Germany's biggest software company says that increase in profit was driven by a boost in revenue, which rose 5 percent to euro2.5 billion in the quarter compared with nearly $2.4 billion a year earlier.

Of that figure, software revenue was up 11 percent to euro464 million while support revenue rose 11 percent to nearly euro1.4 billion.

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