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Lilly Profit Beats Analyst Estimates as Cymbalta Sales Climb

Eli Lilly & Co. reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates as sales of its top-selling drug, the Cymbalta depression treatment, increased 20 percent, helped by higher prices in the U.S.

Earnings excluding one-time items of 85 cents a share beat by 6 cents the average of 17 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Net income fell 4 percent to $827.2 million, or 74 cents a share, Indianapolis-based Lilly said in a statement.