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Tecan Shares Rise Most in Nine Years as Forecast Raised

Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Tecan Group AG, a Swiss maker of laboratory equipment, rose the most in more than nine years in Zurich trading after raising its full-year sales forecast.

Tecan climbed 14 percent to 63.90 Swiss francs, the biggest gain since Feb. 20, 2002. That pared the stock’s decline this year to 18 percent.

The manufacturer expects full-year sales growth in local currencies to be in the “high-single-digit percentage range,” compared with a previous forecast of an increase in the “mid-single” digits, Maennedorf, Switzerland-based Tecan said in a statement today.

First-half sales rose 12 percent in local currencies, helping offset gains in the Swiss franc, which is eroding the value of revenue in other countries, Tecan said. Operating profit in the period declined 9.8 percent to 20.8 million francs, and amounted to 11.5 percent of sales. Tecan repeated a forecast for a full-year operating margin in a range of 12 percent to 13 percent.

-- Editors: Tom Lavell, Robert Valpuesta

To contact the reporters on this story: Simeon Bennett in Geneva at sbennett9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Phil Serafino at pserafino@bloomberg.net

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