Applied Biosystems this week reported that a slowdown in mass spectrometry sales during its fiscal first quarter contributed to a 4-percent decline in overall instrument sales, though the company managed to post a 5.2-percent increase in total revenues for the period.
 
Total receipts for the three months ended Sept. 30 increased to $501.2 million from $476.3 million one year ago. In a conference call accompanying the earnings release, company officials said the results were largely in line with expectations.

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