NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson said today that its fiscal second-quarter revenues rose nearly 4 percent year over year, beating analyst estimates.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2012, BD posted $1.99 billion in revenues, up from $1.92 billion for the second quarter of 2011, outpacing analysts' consensus estimate of $1.94 billion.

Revenue from the firm's BD Diagnostics segment was up 4 percent to $630 million, compared to $605 million a year ago. Growth was driven primarily by the preanalytical systems unit and women's health and cancer, the company said.

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