The story has been updated to include commments from Danaher's conference call.

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Danaher today reported that its sales in the first quarter increased 3 percent year over year, while sales in the Life Science and Diagnostics segment inched up 1 percent.

The company recorded companywide sales of $4.44 billion, up from $4.32 billion in the first quarter of 2012, but short of the average Wall Street estimate of $4.50 billion.

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