* Convera, a Vienna company that makes search and categorization software, lost $7 million (21 cents a share) on $5.1 million in revenue. In the same quarter a year earlier, it lost $5.1 million (18 cents) on $7.6 million in revenue. For the six months ended July 31, the company lost $11.8 million (35 cents), compared with a loss of $11 million (38 cents) in the same period last year. Revenue fell to $13.2 million from $14.6 million.
* Micros Systems, a Columbia information technology company serving the hospitality industry, signed an agreement with Pizza Hut (UK). Terms were not disclosed. Pizza Hut (UK) will purchase and install Micros Restaurant Enterprise Series 3000 and Mymicros.net technology at its restaurants in Britain. The Micros systems will enable Pizza Hut to manage point-of-sale transactions, deliveries, guest services, labor management, Web-based reporting and analysis and inventory control.
* Gene Logic, a Gaithersburg company that makes databases for drug developers and researchers, expanded its European and Asia Pacific operations, adding sales and support staff to its European office in London and hiring a business development representative in Germany. The company also established a wholly owned subsidiary in Japan, to provide marketing and customer support there. The company said 47 percent of its revenue for the most recent quarter was came from outside of the United States.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers.