Fisher Scientific officials said this week that they expect their recent string of acquisitions, among other initiatives, to help 2006 sales grow by between 9 percent and 11 percent.

Fisher has been aggressive in the M&A market so far this year, acquiring four firms for more than $400 million. Following a year in which the firm purchased a total of four companies, Paul Meister, vice chairman of Fisher, said during the firm's first-quarter conference call this week, "The pace [of acquisitions] has obviously picked up."

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