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BD Announces Results for Third Fiscal Quarter
Date:7/24/2008

FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., July 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX) today reported record quarterly revenues of $1.868 billion for the third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2008, representing an increase of 14.5 percent over the prior year period. This quarter's revenue growth rate reflects the favorable impact on all segments from foreign currency translation, which overall is estimated to account for nearly 7 percentage points of the increase in quarterly revenues.

"We are pleased that all segments and regions, particularly Europe and Asia, contributed to solid revenue growth," said Edward J. Ludwig, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are also pleased with our operating results, which in part, have enabled us to raise our earnings guidance once again despite continued pressure from increasing raw material costs."

Analyses of Third Quarter and Nine-Month Periods of Fiscal Year 2008 and 2007 Earnings

Reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $1.18 for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 and 95 cents for the third quarter of fiscal 2007. For the nine-month period ending June 30, 2008, reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $3.34. For the nine-month period ending June 30, 2007, reported diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $2.38.

The following analysis (Table 1) of diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the three-month and nine-month periods ended June 30, 2008 and 2007, identifies the specified items that affect comparability of results between periods. As illustrated, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.18 for the third fiscal quarter of 2008 incr
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