NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Laboratory Corporation of America reported today that its second quarter revenues increased around 3 percent year over year as the firm beat Wall Street estimates on the top and bottom line.

The Burlington, NC-based clinical lab giant reported revenues of $1.52 billion for the three months ended June 30, up from $1.47 billion for Q2 2013. Analysts, on average, had estimated revenues of $1.50 billion.

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