NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies reported after the close of the market on Thursday a 2 percent bump in revenues during its fiscal first quarter but missed analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.

Total revenues for the three months ended Jan. 31 came in at $1.68 billion, up from $1.64 billion during the first quarter of Fiscal Year 2012, but just short of the average analyst estimate of $1.69 billion.

Orders in the quarter reached $1.71 billion, a 6 percent increase from $1.62 billion a year ago.

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