Stryker quarterly earnings top expectations

Wed Jan 23, 2013 4:26pm EST

Jan 23 (Reuters) - Orthopedic implant maker Stryker Corp on Wednesday reported quarterly earnings excluding charges that exceeded analyst estimates as sales of its hip, knee and spine products improved.

Fourth-quarter earnings excluding charges rose 11.8 percent from a year ago to $436 million, or $1.14 a share.

Analysts had expected a profit of $1.12 a share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.