FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's SAP posted fourth-quarter operating profit that rose 10 percent to 1.96 billion euros ($2.62 billion), though it was less profitable than a year earlier.
The business software maker said its operating margin narrowed by 0.8 percentage points to 38.8 percent in the three months through December, as it unexpectedly published quarterly results ahead of schedule.
SAP is due to publish full financial results on January 23.
($1 = 0.7482 euros)
(Corrects to show results for the fourth quarter of 2012 are due on January 23, not January 22)
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan)
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