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NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Abbott Laboratories today reported that its fourth quarter 2013 molecular diagnostics sales were flat year over year as its overall diagnostics sales increased 6 percent.

The firm posted MDx sales of $131 million for the quarter, flat with Q4 2012. It said that foreign exchange trimmed nearly 1 percent off its MDx revenues for the quarter. However, its international MDx sales were up around 10 percent on an operational basis, driven by "continued strong growth in infectious disease testing, particularly in emerging markets."

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