NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Sigma-Aldrich today reported that its fourth-quarter 2012 revenues grew 7 percent, driven by strong sales for its SAFC business unit.

The St. Louis-based chemicals and research products firm reported total revenues of $655 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, compared to $610 million for the fourth quarter of 2011. It fell short of the consensus Wall Street estimate for revenues of $659.6 million. On an organic basis, the firm's revenues grew 3 percent.

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