NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Qiagen said after the close of the market on Wednesday that its fourth quarter revenues increased 5 percent year over year at constant exchange rates.

For the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, the firm posted $362.6 million in revenues, up from $346.5 a year ago, but falling short of the consensus Wall Street estimate of $365.5 million.

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