NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Complete Genomics reported after the close of the market Monday that its first-quarter revenues declined 43 percent year over year, falling short of Wall Street's consensus estimate on the top line.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based whole human genome services firm had total revenues of $3.9 million for the three months ended March 31, compared to $6.8 million for the first quarter of 2011. Analysts, on average, expected sales of $4.8 million.

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