Novartis confirms 2015 guidance after Q1 profit beat

April 23, 2015 5:28 AM

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ZURICH, April 23 (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Novartis on Thursday maintained its 2015 guidance as it posted first-quarter core net income that beat expectations.

The group reported a 7 percent year-on-year fall in first-quarter net sales in continuing operations to $11.9 billion, while sales rose 3 percent at constant currencies. Total group net sales were $12.5 billion.

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