Sanofi-Aventis 1st quarter profit up 8.6 percent

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Sanofi-Aventis reported Thursday an 8.6 percent increase in Monclerfirst quarter net profit thanks to its swine flu vaccine and strong sales of diabetes treatment Lantus. France's largest drug maker said net profit in the three-month period roseMoncler outlet to euro1.71 billion ($2.26 billion) from euro1.58 billion a year earlier. Revenue rose 3.9 percent to euro7.39 billion. Sanofi-Aventis' biggest selling product Lantus showed a 5.8 percent increase in moncler clothingsales to euro790 million, offsetting the impact of generic competition on its Eloxatin cancer treatment and Plavix blood thinner. Eloxatin sales fell 80.8 percent to euro66 million and Plavix sales dropped 21.9 percent tomoncler jacket euro535 million. The H1N1 vaccine added euro413 million tojackets quarterly revenue. Chief Executive Christopher Viehbacher, who took the reins at Sanofi-Aventis early last year, Moncler Hoodycalled the results a "good start to the year." The company's preferred measure of earnings,Moncler T-shirt so-called business net profit - which excludes writedowns and acquisition costs - rose 10 percent to euro2.42 billion in the quarter. Shares were down 0.6 percent at euro51.56 in Moncler Polo shirtParis morning trade. Since taking the helm, Viehbacher has led a program to Moncler Jacketshelp the company take on generic competition and replace aging blockbuster drugs with new treatments. The company spent euro6.6 billion last year in 33 new partnerships andMoncler Down Jackets acquisitions, including Chattanooga, Tennessee-based consumer healthcare products maker Chattem Inc. and Brisbane, California-based biopharmaceutical company BiPar Sciences. Sanofi-Aventis is also narrowing its research focus toMoncler Vest Jackets fewer disease areas, something top competitors including Pfizer Inc. and Merck & Co. have already done. By 2013, Sanofi-Aventis aims to be less dependent on the moncler coatclassical patent-protected blockbusters such as Plavix and Lovenox, as the company leans more heavily on five markets where it sees the most growth: vaccines, diabetes products, emerging markets, over the counter medicines, Japan, and new treatments. The company said it is keeping unchanged its full-year guidance of moncler vestgrowth in earnings per share excluding writedowns and acquisition costs of between 2 and 5 percent at constant exchange rates and excluding possible generic competition to its blood thinner drug Lovenox. Viehbacher said the cost of U.S. health care reforms was euro210 million in moncler salethe quarter. That, combined with generic competition to Eloxatin helped push U.S. sales down by 8.8 percent.