Abbott 2013 earnings forecast tops Street view

Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:54am EST

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories Inc, which spun off its branded prescription drugs earlier this month, on Wednesday forecast 2013 earnings above Wall Street expectations.

The company said it expects earnings for the full year, excluding special items, of $1.98 to $2.04 per share. Analysts, on average, have forecast $1.95, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Abbott issued the forecast as it reported fourth-quarter results.