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BD Announces Results for Fourth Fiscal Quarter and Full Year
Date:11/5/2008

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) today reported quarterly revenues of $1.836 billion for the fourth fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2008, representing an increase of 11 percent over the prior year period. This quarter's growth rate reflects the favorable impact on all segments from foreign currency translation, which overall is estimated to account for 5 percentage points of the increase in quarterly revenues.

For the full fiscal year ended September 30, 2008, BD reported record revenues of $7.156 billion, representing an increase of 13 percent over the prior year, which reflects an overall estimated 6 percent favorable impact from foreign currency translation that affected all segments.

"We are pleased to report another strong year for BD, one in which we exceeded our strategic and financial goals despite a challenging business environment," said Edward J. Ludwig, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "All segments contributed to our success and growth. Implementation of disciplined spending controls enabled us to expand our operating margins as we continued to make significant capital and R&D investments to support our innovation strategy."

Fourth Quarter Earnings and Analysis of Full Fiscal Year 2008 and 2007 Earnings

Reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.13 for the fourth quarter increased by 15 percent over reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of 98 cents for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2007.

For the twelve-month period ending September 30, 2008, reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $4.46. The following analysis (Table 1) of dilute
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