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Agilent s LSCA Unit Grows 3 Percent in Fiscal Q2 as Total Receipts Slide 8 Percent

NEW YORK, May 17 (GenomeWeb News) - Agilent Technologies yesterday reported an 8-percent drop in revenues and decreased earnings for its second fiscal quarter, though contributions from the life sciences and chemical analys segment grew 3 percent.


Revenue for the quarter ended April 30 fell to $1.7 billion from $1.8 billion during the same period last year. Receipts from the company's life sciences and chemical analysis segment increased to $344 million from $333 during the same quarter.


Research and development costs increased slightly, to $248 million from $237 million during the second quarter of 2004.


Net earnings for the quarter fell to $95 million, or $.19 per share, from $104 million, or $.21 per share, during the year-ago period.


As of April 30, Agilent had $2.7 billion in cash and cash equivalents.

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