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Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1
Intentia remains solid, with a broad product portfolio footprint and a slight increase in revenue, despite vacillating financial results. The company still

b part 8  Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride Part 1 Intentia Braces For Its Ongoing Roller-Coaster Ride P.J. Jakovljevic - July 15, 2002 Event Summary On June 12, Intentia International AB (XSSE: INT B), a Swedish provider of enterprise business applications for mid-size and large enterprises, vehemently denied certain erroneous information in media about its Q1 2002 cash flow situation. In issue no.23, the Swedish publication Affrsvrlden published an article that compared, in terms of liquidity, the

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