CARY–If you’re looking for good news in the software industry, Cary-based SAS says it sold nearly 100 global companies its business intelligence software in the first half of 2003.

The company said worldwide total software revenue for the first half of 2003 was up 16 percent compared with the same period in 2002. The revenue increases in the business intelligence sector far outpaced the rest of the software industry, with SAS leading the BI space with more than $480 million in revenues in the first half of the year.

The strong growth in sales comes on the heels of favorable analyst rankings. META Group, a leading technology industry research and consulting firm, recently placed SAS in the leadership category or “leader band.”

The Butler Group, a United Kingdom-based analyst company also positioned SAS in the outperforming category for business intelligence.

Stability Helps Sales

Jim Goodnight, SAS president and chief executive officer, said the company’s 26 consecutive years of profitability and strong renewal stream helps convince customers to buy its software. “Customers view our stability and proven record of customer success as key factors in reducing their investment risk,” he said.

Goodnight says SAS differentiates itself in the marketplace because its software not only tells companies where they have been, but also “where it needs to go.”

He said, “SAS’ business intelligence solutions are powered by advanced analytics that incorporate predictive capabilities, including data mining, forecasting and optimization.

Who Bought It

The company released the following impressive list of the global customers that bought its software in the first half of 2003:

Act Inc.; AIG Data Center Inc.; Air France; APS Healthcare Northwest ARBAL PHH; Axa Bank; BANCA Accord; BANCA Carige; Banca Nazionale del Lavoro; Banco do Brasil; BANCO POPOLARE DI MILANO; Bank of New York Baptist Health System Inc.; BASF AG.

BGL Luxembourg Branch Banking & Trust Co.; Brylane LP; CARSO; Cellco Partnership; CERTIAM; Chronopost; CLARIMA; CNAF; CNCE; Countrywide Home Loans Inc.; CSIC;PIEMONTE; Dexia Bank; Den Norske Bank (DNB); EDS (Mexico);Electrabel; Euronext; EUROSTAT ; Genentech Inc.; Hana Bank; Havforskningsinstitutt; HBOS; Hidrocantabrico; Highmark Inc.; HK Jockey Club; Household International Inc.; IBM Canada; ICICI Bank Ltd.; INE (Spanish National Statistics Institute); INEP (Brazil); Informatikzentrum Bayern (IZB); isbank; Insead; ISIMA ;Institute fur Computerwissenschaften; Jefferson-Pilot Life Insurance
Kommunal Landspensjonksassa; La Poste; LVM Versicherungen; Matmut; Marriott International; Mercantil do Brasil (Brazil);MGET; MFP; Ministry of Education (Singapore); Mobistar.

Nestle; Panasonic Battery Sales Europe; Payless ShoeSource Inc.; Pfizer; Pioneer Corp.; Reed Elsevier Inc.; Reg Valle d’Aosta; Reg Veneto; RIZIV – INAMI; Royal Bank of Canada; Samsung Life Insurance; Sanofi; SBC Services Inc.; SMABTP; SNCF; Target Corp.; Toronto-Dominion Bank; Travelers Insurance Co.

Two Hundred Percent Inc.; United Healthcare Service; UNIVERSITA’ DEL SACRO CUORE DI ROMA; Ugine & ALZ; Unedic; University of South Africa; University of Bologna; University of London School of Pharmacy; U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Department of Treasury; Warner Home Video.