Jan 24 Baxter International Inc on
Thursday reported higher quarterly earnings as sales
strengthened, especially in the United States.
Baxter, a maker of blood therapy products, medical infusion
pumps and equipment for kidney dialysis, said its fourth quarter
net profit was $494 million, or 89 cents per diluted share,
compared with $463 million, or 82 cents per share, a year ago.
Excluding items, Baxter earned $1.26 per share, matching
estimates on Wall Street, according to Reuters I/B/E/S.
Quarterly sales were $3.75 billion, up from $3.59 billion in
the year-ago period.