PARIS Feb 21 Atos forecast an
improvement in its operating margin and slight revenue growth
this year after posting a 37 percent rise in 2012 operating
The group added that it planned to group its "payment and
merchant transactional activities" into a separate business by
mid-year. It did not say whether that business would then be
spun off to shareholders.
Operating profit was 580 million euros ($775 million) last
year on sales up 0.8 percent to 8.844 billion, for a margin of
6.6 percent, Atos said in a statement on Thursday.
($1 = 0.7479 euros)
(Reporting by James Regan; Editing by Christian Plumb)