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Rational Software

(RATL)

reported better-than-expected earnings for the second fiscal quarter ended Sept. 30.

The company reported income of $34.6 million, or 17 cents a diluted share, for the latest second-quarter, compared with $19.3 million, or 10 cents a diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Analysts were looking for the company to earn 14 cents a share, according to a

First Call/Thomson Financial

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survey of 10 analysts.

The income figures exclude the amortization of goodwill and purchased intangible assets related to recent acquisitions, as well certain costs related to

Catapulse

.

Rational Software's second-quarter revenue rose to $187.5 million from $128.2 million.