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China Medical Reels In FISH Test Revenues; Q3 Sales Up 51%

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

Not everyone is losing money in the global economic slump. China Medical Technologies, a Beijing in vitro diagnostics company, generated sales of $33 million in the 2008 third quarter (ended Dec. 31), a 51% increase over the prior-year period, according to unaudited results released March 2

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