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Quest Diagnostics Reports Growth in Revenue and Earnings for Fourth Quarter 2008 and Provides 2009 Guidance
Date:1/26/2009

million associated with the write-down of an equity investment. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007, other expense, net includes a fourth quarter charge of $4.0 million associated with the write-down of an investment. 5) For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 5.5 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $46.09 per share for $254 million. For the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2008, the Company reissued 0.3 million and 1.5 million shares, respectively, for employee benefit plans. 6) The following table summarizes the approximate impact of various items on year-over-year comparisons for certain revenue metrics reported for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2008, and is included for informational purposes only:
                                  Continuing Operations
                  Three Months Ended                Twelve Months Ended
                   December 31, 2008                 December 31, 2008
           Consolidated            Revenue   Consolidated          Revenue
             Revenue      Volume    per        Revenue    Volume     per
              Growth      Growth  Requisition  Growth     Growth  Requisition

    Reported:   1.7%      (0.4)%     2.8%       8.1%       2.7%      5.5%

    Impact on
     comparisons
     to prior
     year of:
    AmeriPath
     acquisition  -          -        -        5.0%       2.4%      2.9%
    Drugs of
     abuse
     testing   (0.5)%     (1.2)%    0.7%      (0.3)%     (0.9)%     0.6%
    Laboratory
     Management
     contracts (0.2)%     (0.9)%    0.7%      (0.1)%     (0.3)%     0.3%

    7) Estimated cash from operations represents management's estimate
       of cash from operations for the full year 2009, before the

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