The 15 companies of the three-month-old BioCommerce Week Index so far have recorded $18.5 billion in molecular biology tool sales for fiscal year 2004, compared to $23.7 billion in sales for all of FY ‘03 and should be on track to record at least another $24 billion in sales for this year — an increase of less than 3 percent.

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