Abbott Laboratories (ABT) SEC Filing 10-K Annual report for the fiscal year ending Wednesday, December 31, 2008

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Exhibit 99.1


Abbott Reports Double-Digit Sales and Earnings Growth in
Fourth Quarter; Confirms Strong Outlook for 2009 Earnings







Worldwide Sales Increased 10.1 Percent


– Adjusted EPS Growth of 14.0 Percent (GAAP EPS up 27.3 Percent)


Delivers Double-Digit Sales Growth in Each Major Global Business in 2008


Concludes Successful 2008 with Nine New Major Regulatory Approvals


Confirms Double-Digit Earnings-Per-Share Growth in 2009







ABBOTT PARK, III., Jan. 21, 2009 — Abbott today announced financial results for the fourth quarter


ended Dec. 31, 2008.

John Thomas




(847) 938-2655


Larry Peepo


Diluted earnings per share, excluding specified items, were $1.06, reflecting 14.0 percent growth, in line with Abbott’s previous forecast. Diluted earnings per share under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) were $0.98, up 27.3 percent.

(847) 935-6722





Worldwide sales increased 10.1 percent to $8 billion, including an unfavorable 2.5 percent effect of exchange rates. Full-year 2008 sales were nearly $30 billion.

Tina Ventura


(847) 935-9390





Worldwide pharmaceutical sales increased nearly 10 percent driven by double-digit growth in HUMIRA®, Niaspan®, and the TriCor®/TRILIPIX franchise. Global HUMIRA sales in the quarter

exceeded $1.3 billion; full-year 2008 global HUMIRA sales were more than $4.5 billion.



Melissa Brotz


(847) 935-3456





Worldwide medical products sales increased 15.6 percent; with 58.9 percent growth in global vascular sales driven by the continued success of the XIENCE V drug-eluting stent (DES), which became the market-leading DES in the U.S. during the fourth quarter. Last week, Abbott announced the acquisition of Advanced Medical Optics (AMO), strengthening and expanding Abbott’s medical

device business with a global market leader in ophthalmology.

Scott Stoffel


(847) 936-9502











Global nutritional sales increased 11.0 percent, up more than 15 percent internationally and nearly 7

percent in the U.S.








Abbott is confirming previously issued earnings-per-share guidance for the full-year 2009 of $3.65 to $3.70 under both Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and on a non-GAAP basis. The midpoint of this 2009 guidance range reflects double-digit growth over 2008 earnings per share.





“2008 was another highly productive and successful year for Abbott, said Miles D. White, chairman and chief executive officer, Abbott. “We significantly outperformed our original growth expectations for the year and added to our diverse portfolio with a significant number of major new product launches. The strategic actions we’ve taken and our ongoing business momentum position Abbott to deliver continued double-digit growth in 2009.


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