AbbottAbbott's worldwide sales increased 13.2 percent to $9.8 billion, including a favorable 5.3 percent effect of foreign exchange. Proprietary Pharmaceuticals sales increased 13.5 percent in the quarter. Durable Growth Business sales increased 15.3 percent, including double-digit growth in Nutritionals, Established Pharmaceuticals, Core Laboratory Diagnostics and Diabetes Care. Innovation-Driven Device Business sales increased 6.0 percent, including double-digit growth in Molecular Diagnostics.

Diluted earnings per share, excluding specified items, were $1.18, at the high end of Abbott's previous guidance range, reflecting 12.4 percent growth. Diluted earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) were $0.19, net of specified items, including a $1.5 billion pre-tax reserve related to previously disclosed litigation.

Emerging markets sales were $2.6 billion, up 21.0 percent from the prior year and representing 26.1 percent of total sales, with strong growth across all of Abbott's operating divisions.

The gross margin ratio was 60.4 percent in the third quarter, above Abbott's previous guidance, driven by favorable product mix.

Abbott is confirming its guidance for double-digit ongoing earnings-per-share growth for 2011 and is narrowing its previous guidance range. Abbott's ongoing earnings-per-share guidance for full-year 2011 is $4.64 to $4.66, excluding specified items, reflecting 11.5 percent growth at the midpoint of the range.

"Strong performance across our businesses allowed Abbott to continue to deliver superior results," said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. "We also experienced strong growth in emerging markets and success in our broad-based pipeline, including several new product approvals, regulatory submissions and clinical trial initiations."

About Abbott
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.