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JDA Software

(JDAS)

reported a loss for the fourth quarter, reversing the profit in the year-ago period, and said revenue for the last three months of the year declined by more than $2 million from 2004.

For the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, JDA reported total revenue of $55.1 million and software revenue of $15.6 million. A year ago, the company, which sells its software to retailers, had a top line of $57.3 million and software revenue of $20.3 million.

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Excluding certain items, JDA earned 15 cents a share, compared with an adjusted profit of 14 cents the previous year. Including items, JDA lost $204,000, or 1 cent a share, vs. earnings of $193,000, or 1 cent a share, last year.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson First Call were looking for an adjusted profit of 16 cents and revenue of $55.7 million for the most recent quarter.

JDA also forecast earnings of 63 cents to 70 cents a share and revenue of $223 million to $228 million for 2006. The consensus estimates are for a profit of 68 cents a share and revenue of $228.6 million.

Shares of JDA were losing 32 cents, or 2.1%, to $14.64 in after-hours trading.