NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Becton Dickinson today reported $1.97 billion in revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter, down 1 percent from a year ago but in line with the consensus Wall Street estimate.

The company reported revenues of $1.99 billion in the year ago period. On a currency neutral basis revenues were up about 5 percent year over year, BD said.

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