NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Danaher said Thursday that its first quarter sales grew 15 percent year over year.

For the three months ended April 1, the Washington-based conglomerate posted sales of $5.39 billion, up from $4.69 billion in the year-ago quarter, and beating the consensus Wall Street estimate of $5.33 billion.

Overall core sales improved by under 1 percent year over year, with acquisitions adding 16.5 percent to revenue growth and currency effects dampening results by 2 percent, the company said.

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