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Quest Diagnostics Reports Strong Earnings Growth In First Quarter 2009
Date:4/21/2009

s repurchased from SB Holdings Capital Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline plc., at an average price of $44.33 per share for $200 million. For the three months ended March 31, 2009, the Company reissued 0.6 million shares for employee benefit plans.

4) The following table summarizes the approximate impact of various items on year-over-year comparisons for certain revenue metrics reported for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, and is included for informational purposes only:

                                             Continuing Operations
                                              Three Months Ended
                                                March 31, 2009
                                  Consolidated                  Revenue per
                                    Revenue         Volume      Requisition
                                    Growth          Growth        Growth

    Reported:                         1.3%          (1.9)%         4.1%

    Impact on comparisons to
     prior year of:
    Drugs of abuse testing          (0.7)%          (1.7)%         1.0%
    Laboratory management
     contracts                      (0.2)%          (0.9)%         0.7%
    Number of business days         (0.8)%          (0.8)%           -
    Foreign exchange                (0.8)%             -             -

5) On April 15, 2009, the Company announced it finalized resolution of the previously disclosed federal government investigation related to certain test kits manufactured by NID, a test kit manufacturing subsidiary voluntarily closed in 2006. In the second quarter of 2009, payments totaling $308 million, which had been previously reserved, were funded out of cash-on-hand and available credit facilities.

6) In April, 2009, the Company reached an agreement regarding an insurance claim for storm related losses resulting in
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