NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Agilent Technologies reported after the close of the market on Thursday that revenues for the first quarter of its Fiscal Year 2014 were flat year over year while Life Sciences and Diagnostics revenues ticked up 5 percent.

For the three months ended Jan. 31, total revenues of $1.68 billion narrowly missed the consensus Wall Street estimate of $1.69 billion. Orders of $1.68 billion were down 2 percent from $1.71 billion a year ago.

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