AstraZeneca PLC 3Q EPS 88c

By Ian Walker

AstraZeneca raised its full-year guidance for core earnings per share and total revenue excluding Covid-19 medicines despite a lower third-quarter profit that missed forecasts.

The Anglo-Swedish pharmaceutical giant said Thursday that it expects core earnings per share to increase by a low double-digit percentage compared with previous guidance of a high single-digit to low double-digit percentage increase.

Total revenue excluding Covid-19 medicines is now expected to increase by a low-teens percentage at constant exchange rates compared with previous expectations of low double-digit percentage growth.

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