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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – PerkinElmer after the close of the market on Thursday reported a 1 percent dip year over year in its first quarter revenues, though on a constant-currency basis it had revenue growth of 5 percent.

For the three months ended March 29, 2015, PerkinElmer's revenues decreased to $526.9 million from $530.6 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted revenues for the quarter were $527.2 million compared to $532.1 million for Q1 2014, as the firm fell short of the average Wall Street estimate for revenues of $537.9 million.

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