Beckman Coulter surprised investors last week with the announcement that it would restructure the company, lay off 350 employees — or 3 percent of its workforce — and shift its sales focus to leasing instrumentation rather than pursuing big-ticket purchases.

Beckman also said it will review "minor product lines, facilities, and other assets that do not support the one-company strategy," which could result in divestitures.

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