NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Meridian Bioscience today reported $44.8 million in preliminary revenue for its fiscal first quarter, marking a 1 percent decline from the year-ago period and falling short of consensus analyst estimates of $49 million.

The company attributed the disappointing results to several factors, including reduced hospital admissions, declining C. difficile incidence rates, shipment delays in its Life Science business, timing of the start of the influenza season, and food test ordering patterns.

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