By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Illumina reported after the close of the market on Thursday a drop in preliminary revenues of almost 1 percent year over year for the third quarter.

The San Diego-based firm said that it estimates revenues for the third quarter to come in at around $235 million, compared to $237.3 million from a year ago. That figure also is well below the Wall Street consensus estimate of $277.7 million.

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