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French IT services firm Atos has increased its UK sales while its Germany, France and Benelux regions reported falling revenue.
The acquisition of Siemens IT Solutions (SIS) helped Atos increase its UK sales by 4.3% in the third quarter of this year. For the three-month period, UK managed services sales were up 4.4% compared to the same period last year. Meanwhile in systems integration Atos increased sales by over 6% year on year.
Large customers in the UK include the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics organising committee, and the BBC which was an SIS customer. Atos Origin acquired SIS in December last year for €850m.
But Atos, which employs 74,088 people, reported a 0.3% drop in global revenue which was just under €2.1bn. Globally the company's managed services business, which is its biggest unit, grew sales by 2.1% to over €1bn but its second biggest unit, system integration, fell 4.1% to €528m.