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Payroll firm’s results hit by costs, taxes

The payroll processor said expenses rose in the quarter as it spent more on developing new products.

Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff/File

The payroll processor said expenses rose in the quarter as it spent more on developing new products.

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Rochester, N.Y.-based payroll processor Paychex Inc. said net income in the fourth quarter at 34 cents per share was nearly flat from a year earlier, despite higher sales, as costs and taxes took a bigger bite. Profit came to $123.5 million. Revenue rose 6 percent to $585.3 million, helped by price increases for the firm’s payroll and retirement services. Analysts expected 37 cents per share on revenue of $585.9 million. For the current year, Paychex expects income to rise to between $615 million and $620 million.

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