NEW YORK, April 27 (GenomeWeb News) - Illumina today reported a 40-percent gain in first-quarter revenues, as total receipts for the quarter ended April 3 climbed to $15.1 million from $10.8 million year over year.

R&D spending increased 13 percent to $5.9 million from $5.2 million in the first quarter of 2004.

Net loss for the quarter fell to $1.2 million, or $.03 per share, from $3.9 million, or $.12 per share, in the first quarter of 2004.

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