Oct 17 Intuitive Surgical Inc on
Thursday reported lower third-quarter profit as sales of its
high-priced da Vinci surgical robots declined sharply.
Intuitive said net profit fell to $157 million, or $3.99 per
share, from $183 million, or $4.46 per share, a year ago.
Revenue for the quarter fell 7 percent to $499 million,
missing Wall Street estimates of $526 million compiled by
Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
The company sold 101 da Vinci surgical units in the quarter,
down from 155 a year ago and 143 in the second quarter of this