NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (GenomeWeb News) - GE Healthcare saw its revenues jump by almost 30 percent during the fourth quarter of 2004, contributing $4.3 billion, or about 10 percent, to GE's total revenues. Healthcare's revenues were $3.3 billion during the same quarter a year ago.
GE Healthcare's profits also increased steeply, to $860 million, up from $572 million during the same quarter in 2003. These profits accounted for about 13 percent of GE's total profits for the quarter.
GE said that orders for Healthcare products and services increased by 25 percent to $4.4 billion during the quarter, compared to the same period in 2003. The Biosciences unit, which used to be Amersham and was not part of GE in 2003, contributed $800 million to the overall orders, meaning that former Amersham contributed approximately 90 percent to the 25 percent increase in orders.
For the last quarter of 2003, Amersham reported £451 million ($859 million) in sales.