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Abbott Reports 16 Percent Earnings Growth in First Quarter; Confirms Double-Digit Earnings Growth Outlook for 2009
Date:4/15/2009

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Q6) What was the tax rate in the quarter?

A6) The tax rate this quarter, excluding specified items, was 17.8 percent, in line with the previous forecast. We continue to forecast a full-year 2009 tax rate of 17.5 to 18.0 percent. The reported tax rate is reconciled to the ongoing rate below:

                                      1Q09

                           Pre-tax   Income     Tax
                           Income     Tax      Rate
    As reported            $1,933     $494     25.6%
    Specified items          $543     $246     45.4%
    Excluding specified
     items                 $1,390     $248     17.8%



Q7) What are the key areas of focus in Abbott's broad-based pipeline?

A7) Abbott is advancing leading-edge scientific discoveries across the company, including:

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