NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Beckman Coulter today said first-quarter revenues increased 8 percent as R&D spending rose 6 percent and profit grew 12 percent.
 
Total receipts for the three months ended March 31 increased to $613.6 million from $569 million year over year.
 
Product-related revenue increased 8 percent to $512.4 million while service-related revenue was up 6 percent to $101.2 million. Sales of consumables grew by nearly 13 percent, the company said.
 

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