NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Roche today reported that sales in its diagnostics division grew 5 percent year over year at constant exchange rates during the first half of 2012 while the molecular diagnostics business grew 6 percent.

For the six months ending June 30, the Swiss drug and diagnostics firm reported diagnostic sales of CHF 5.01 billion ($5.13 billion) compared to CHF 4.86 billion during the first half of 2011. In Swiss francs the division grew 3 percent, and in dollars first-half 2012 sales were up 1 percent year over year.

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