Waters is predicting strong sales growth for its Acquity UPLC system in 2006, driven by demand outside of its pharmaceutical base and expected enhancements to the system throughout the year.

The company finished a difficult year in which it issued two quarterly warnings that revenue would not meet previous guidance, but sales of its Acquity system surpassed expectations in the fourth quarter. The company also surprised the market by reporting a 9-percent increase in its fourth-quarter profit.

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