By Tony Fong

Agilent Technologies today reported a 9 percent slide in its Bio-Analytical Measurement segment amid a 21 percent drop in overall revenues for its fiscal fourth quarter, to close out "an extraordinarily difficult year," according to the firm's president and chief executive.

The company also said that its planned $1.5 billion acquisition of Varian is now expected to close in early 2010 instead of the end of 2009 as previously planned.

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