By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Beckman Coulter said after the close of the market Thursday that its board of directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $.18 per share.

The dividend is payable on March 12 to all shareholders of record on Feb. 26. It noted that the dividend marks the 85th consecutive quarterly cash dividend payout.

Beckman Coulter also said that its board has authorized the repurchase of up to 1.5 million shares of the firm's outstanding common stock.

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