Lawson Software announced the acquisition of Numbercraft Ltd., a privately held consultancy and provider of sophisticated analytic applications for retailers and consumer packaged goods companies. The acquisition adds unique quantitative measurement and analysis capabilities to Lawson's Retail suite and continues the company's strategy of enriching its enterprise applications with targeted technology and intellectual property purchases. The acquisition of Numbercraft is effective immediately, and terms of the deal were not disclosed. The impact of the acquisition on the company's fiscal 2004 operating results is expected to be immaterial.

Numbercraft, based in Oxford, England, has developed a strong following among leading retailers and consumer goods companies in the United Kingdom by using advanced mathematics to help convert large volumes of customer, product and sales data into actionable information. The company counts the four largest grocery retailers in Britain and several of the world's largest consumer goods companies among its customers.

Lawson plans to continue Numbercraft's successful consulting business for both the global retail and consumer packaged goods markets. Additionally, Lawson plans to introduce several packaged analytics applications based on Numbercraft's technology. These applications will integrate with both Lawson and legacy retail applications.

Lawson's industry-focused software solutions enable retailers to integrate the systems they use to run and grow their businesses. Lawson customers include five of the top 10 U.S.-based retailers, eight of the top 20 apparel retailers, seven of the top 25 grocery chains, 23 of the top 100 restaurant chains and 20 of the top 100 specialty chains.

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