SCHAUMBURG, Ill. (AP) — Motorola Solutions' fourth-quarter net income rose 2 percent and strong government sales energized its revenue. Earnings from continuing operations were $343 million , or $1.31 per share, for the three months ended Dec. 31 . That compares with $336 million , or $1.18 per share, a year earlier. Excluding stock-based compensation expense and other items, earnings from continuing operations were $1.67 per share, which was four cents better than Wall Street had expected, according to a poll by FactSet. Revenue climbed 3 percent to $2.5 billion from $2.44 billion as government sales increased 4 percent. For the year, Motorola Solutions Inc. earned $1.1 billion , or $4.06 per share. In the previous year it earned $881 million , or $2.95 per share. Adjusted earnings from continuing operations were $4.73 per share. Annual revenue was basically flat at $8.7 billion . The company anticipates first-quarter adjusted earnings from continuing operations between 46 and 52 cents per share. Revenue is expected to fall 4 percent to 6 percent from the prior-year period. Motorola Solutions expects 2014 revenue to be between flat and a gain of 2 percent.
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