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Cap Gemini First-Quarter Sales Rise on North America Rebound

Cap Gemini SA, Europe’s largest computer-services company, said first-quarter sales climbed 15 percent, beating analysts’ estimates, as business rebounded in North America.

Revenue rose to 2.35 billion euros ($3.49 billion) from 2.05 billion euros a year earlier, the Paris-based company said today in a statement. Sales exceeded the 2.29 billion-euro average of seven analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg.

North American sales rose 10 percent, the company said. Cap Gemini reiterated a target for 9 percent to 10 percent group revenue growth this year. Organic revenue growth may exceed 4 percent to 5 percent, Chief Executive Officer Paul Hermelin said on a conference call with reporters.

Cap Gemini is looking to guard market share and win new customers as French rival Atos Origin SA prepares to merge with Siemens AG’s computer services unit. To strengthen its position, Cap Gemini is pushing further into the energy industry, working with Intel Corp. on home energy-management equipment.

Cap Gemini is continuing to seek small- and medium-sized acquisition targets, Hermelin said on the call.

The French company has made emerging-market acquisitions to increase its customer base. Last year it paid 233 million euros for control of Brazilian information-technology company CPM Braxis. The new unit contributed 4.2 percentage points of sales growth in the quarter, Cap Gemini said today.

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