Roche today reported a 7 percent increase in first-quarter 2010 sales for its diagnostics division, which includes revenues from the company's instrumentation for sample preparation and PCR analysis, as well as PCR-based molecular diagnostics.

Overall, Roche said that its diagnostics division recorded first-quarter sales of CHF 2.52 billion ($2.38 billion), and said that the division's growth was "substantially ahead of the global market."

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