SEATTLE (AP) _ Microsoft Corp.'s profits rose 52 percent in the fourth quarter, helped by continued stong computer sales, the software company said Wednesday.

Microsoft reported record net income of $1.13 billion or 85 cents a share on a diluted basis for the three months ended Dec. 31. That compares with net income of $740 million or 57 cents a share a year earlier.

Revenues totaled $3.59 billion, up 34 percent from the $2.68 billion a year ago.

The profit outpaced analysts' consensus estimates, which had forecast about 82 cents a share.

The increase came despite a decline in revenues from Southeast Asia and the Far East of 8 percent from the prior quarter.