By a GenomeWeb staff reporter

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Affymetrix reported after the close of the market on Wednesday that its fourth-quarter revenues retreated 4 percent as product sales fell 12 percent from a year ago.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2010, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based microarray firm said revenues totaled $84.9 million, compared to $88.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2009. The results fell just short of Wall Street estimates of $85 million.

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