Strong instrument sales, especially in its newly refreshed mass-spectrometry portfolio, fueled a 14-percent jump in total sales for the first quarter, Waters reported this week.
 
CEO Douglas Berthiaume also hinted that the company may make an acquisition sometime this year.
 
Shipments of the company’s mass specs rose 12 percent year-over-year, helping overall sales climb to $331 million for the three months ended March 31, compared to $290 million a year ago.
 

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