New York (July 16, 2003) -- Powered by a 35-percent gain in outsourcing services, consulting giant Accenture reported a 15-percent rise in third-quarter earnings, to $132.1 million, vs. the same period of one year ago.

The Bermuda-based company said outsourcing services accrued some $944 million of Accenture’s third-quarter net revenues of $3.04 billion, or 31 percent.

However, the company said that third-quarter consulting revenue dipped roughly 8 percent, to about $2 billion.

Accenture also disclosed that an as-yet-unidentified country in its Middle East practice had a possible violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits companies from bribing government officials of international countries.

In a conference call, Accenture chief executive Joe Forehand told analysts that the company was conducting an internal investigation on the matter.

For the nine-month period, Accenture reported profits of $377.7 million, vs. earnings of $206.7 million for the year-ago third quarter. Meanwhile, net revenues were flat at $8.8 billion.

-- WebCPA staff

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