Accenture expects operating margin for the full fiscal year to be in the range of 14.0 percent to 14.1 percent, an expansion of 10 to 20 basis points.
For fiscal 2013, the company expects operating cash flow to be in the range of $3.2 billion to $3.5 billion; property and equipment additions to be $420 million; and free cash flow to be in the range of $2.8 billion to $3.1 billion. The outlook for operating cash flow and free cash flow includes the impact of a discretionary cash contribution of $500 million that the company expects to make to its U.S. defined benefit pension plan in fiscal 2013.
The company expects its annual effective tax rate to be in the range of 26 percent to 27 percent.
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