GlaxoSmithKline's pharmaceutical and vaccine sales to China tumbled 61 percent in the third quarter, as the drugmaker was hit by an ongoing bribery investigation in the country.
The FTSE 100-listed company posted flat pharmaceutical and vaccines sales overall, with increases in the U.S., Europe and Japan offset by sharply weaker sales in China, where the company is accused of bribing doctors and officials with up to 3 billion yuan ($490 million).
"We continue to co-operate with the authorities and we remain fully committed to supplying our products to patients in the country. At this stage, it is it is still too early for us to quantify the longer-term impact of the investigation on our performance in China," Glaxo said when it reported results at 12 p.m. London time.
The company posted a rise in earnings per share to 28.9 pence, narrowly beating consensus estimates of 27.2 pence. Overall, sales came in flat at £6.51 billion ($10.5 billion), below the £6.65 billion forecast.
The company confirmed its full-year 2013 guidance for earnings growth of 3-4 percent and sales growth of around 1 percent.
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