Agilent Earnings Slip, But Sales Rise From a Year Ago

Agilent Technologies Inc. on Monday reported a fiscal fourth-quarter profit of $16 million, or 5 cents a share, on revenue of $1.81 billion. During the year-ago period, the testing and measurement-technology company earned $211 million, or 63 cents a share, on $1.72 billion in revenue. Excluding one-time items, Agilent earned 88 cents a share. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast Agilent to earn 64 cents a share on sales of $1.81 billion. For its fiscal first quarter, Agilent estimates it will earn 39 cents to 43 cents a share, excluding one-time items, on sales in a range of $1.02 billion to $1.04 billion. Agilent shares were down slightly in after-hours trading.

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