NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — Becton Dickinson today said that its fiscal first-quarter revenues rose 13 percent as R&D spending increased 14.5 percent and its profit nearly doubled.
 
Total revenues for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2007, increased to $1.7 billion from $1.5 billion year over year. Currency effects contributed roughly 6 percent of the revenue growth, the firm said.
 

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