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Abbott quarterly sales miss estimates on lower COVID-19 test volumes

Stock Markets16 minutes ago (Apr 20, 2021 08:55AM ET)

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(Reuters) -Abbott Laboratories fell short of first-quarter revenue estimates on Tuesday, suggesting that the medical device maker may be facing slowing sales of its COVID-19 test kits as vaccinations gain steam.

In the quarter, COVID-19 test kits generated sales of $2.2 billion and accounted for more than half of the diagnostic unit’s revenue. But that compared with $2.4 billion in the prior quarter.

Abbott’s shares fell 3% to $120.67 in trading before the bell.

Rival Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX), which is set to report its quarterly results on April 22, said in February that it was expecting demand for its COVID-19 tests to shrink in the year as vaccination efforts ramp up.

Abbott, Quest and Becton Dickinson (NYSE:BDX) and Co benefited from heightened COVID-19 testing during the early phase of the crisis, a revenue stream that helped blunt the blow from lower demand for medical devices.

Net sales at Abbott increased to $10.5 billion, but fell short of estimates of $10.7 billion, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

The company reiterated its 2021 adjusted diluted earnings per share outlook of at least $5.00.

Excluding items, the company earned $1.32 per share, above the average analyst estimate of $1.27.

Abbott quarterly sales miss estimates on lower COVID-19 test volumes

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