Roche blockbuster sales boost first-half profits

Associated Press
Roche blockbuster sales boost first-half profits

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2013 file picture Severin Schwan, CEO of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche Holding AG, presents the figures for 2012 during a press conference in Basel, Switzerland. Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG posted an 11 percent rise in first-half profit Thursday July 25, 2013, boosted by strong sales of its blockbuster cancer drugs. The Basel, Switzerland-based company said its core net income, or profit, during the first six months of the year increased to 6.65 billion Swiss francs (US $7.09 billion), up from 5.98 billion francs in the comparable period of 2012 - of that 6.5 billion francs was attributable to shareholders up 12 percent on the previous year. (AP Photo/Keystone, Georgios Kefalas,File)

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