By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich today reported that its first-quarter revenues increased 10 percent year over year, with particularly strong growth from its SAFC business unit.

The St. Louis-based chemicals and research products firm reported total sales of $623 million, up 10 percent from $569 million for the first quarter of 2010. On an organic basis, the firm's sales were up 7 percent year over year, and it beat analysts' consensus estimate of $602.9 million.

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