, its earnings of 94 cents per diluted share beat analysts' estimate of 82 cents.
"Operations like Elan [its European information technology staffing brand], Germany, and Italy performed extremely well
, engineering, and healthcare staffing operations. Gross margin was 32.6%, an increase from 29% in the same period last year.
Revenue in the company's North American information technology services division
for its Robert Half Technology unit, which posted a 1.9% increase in third-quarter revenue to $112.3 million.
Revenue in the company's largest division, Accountemps, fell 2.0% in the third quarter to $434
at the Accountemps division rose 17.5% to $443.7 million. Revenue also rose in other Robert Half divisions, including:
? OfficeTeam up 9.7% to $215.2 million
? Robert Half Technology up 20.6% to $110
, and Wanted Technologies predicted a loss of 224,000 jobs.
The U.S. unemployment rate did hit double digits in October -- increasing to 10.2% from 9.8% in September.
Manufacturing employment fell by 61