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AstraZeneca returns to sales growth, led by cancer medicines

Unmistakable demand for AstraZeneca’s new drugs – especially those for cancer – drove a give to sales growth in the third quarter and the drugmaker said it now expected a age of sustained growth “for years to come”.

Product sales in the three months upgrade 8 percent, or 9 percent in constant currencies, which is the benchmark AstraZeneca employments for measuring the return to growth, which it has been promising for 2018.

“It is indeed a outlandish time for us because Q3 (the third quarter) demonstrates that what we obtain been trying to achieve for the last four years is finally here with us and we are sponsor to growth,” AstraZeneca’s Chief Executive Pascal Soriot told CNBC on Thursday.

“Every distinguish new product we’ve launched is doing very well,” he added. Shares of the group were up 1.8 percent on Thursday morning.

Total revenue, even so, fell 14 percent in dollar terms to $5.34 billion and seed earnings per share, which exclude some items, were down 37 percent to 71 cents, mull over lower income from divestments and investment behind new drug launches.

Analysts, on norm, had forecast earnings of 72 cents on revenue of $5.30 billion, Refinitiv statistics showed. For the full year, the company kept its financial guidance unchanged.

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