NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today reported a 6 percent increase year over year in its revenues for fiscal first quarter 2014, while its profits were more than halved.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, BD posted revenues of $2.02 billon, compared to $1.90 billion a year ago, and beating the average analyst estimate of $1.98 billion. In a statement, the firm said that revenue growth came partly from favorable timing of orders in the BD Medical and BD Diagnostics segments.

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