March 6, 2008 / 12:22 PM / 10 years ago

MDS quarterly profit rises 6 pct

TORONTO (Reuters) - MDS Inc MDS.TO reported a slightly higher fiscal first-quarter profit on Thursday, helped by improvements at its key divisions.

The Canadian health sciences company said it earned $17 million, or 14 cents a share, for the quarter ended January 31, up from $16 million, or 11 cents a share, a year earlier.

On an adjusted basis, the company said it earned $6 million, or 5 cents a share, down from $10 million, or 7 cents, a year earlier.

($1=$0.98 Canadian)

Reporting by Scott Anderson; editing by John Wallace

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