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GSK brushes off China probe to post solid 2013 profits

Net profits of GlaxoSmithKline, the British drug maker hit by a bribery probe in China, jumped by a fifth last year as lower taxes offset flat sales.

Earnings after tax rallied 20.8 per cent to $8.846 billion in 2013, compared with the previous year, GSK said in an earnings statement.

Turnover advanced 1 per cent to 26.5 billion, but revenue from sales of drugs in China plunged 18 per cent, hit by Beijing's probe into bribery allegedly carried out by senior GSK staff. essay writer

Excluding China, emerging markets sales grew by five percent. US sales expanded by one percent, while Europe was flat.

"The People's Republic of China, acting through various government agencies, continues its investigation into alleged crimes and violations of law by GSK China's operations," the company said. click

"The group takes these allegations seriously and is continuing to cooperate fully with the Chinese authorities in this investigation." куплю пеллеты, тимур

GSK also said that it was unable to provide the market with a reliable estimate of any potential financial fallout.

Last July, GSK admitted that senior employees at its China division appeared to have breached Chinese law, after authorities alleged that employees had bribed government officials, pharmaceutical industry groups, hospitals and doctors to promote sales. timeessaywriting.com

Brushing off the probe, GSK chief executive Andrew Witty said the group's annual performance was in line with expectations and forecast that group revenues would grow by around two percent in 2014.

"GSK's trading performance in 2013 was in line with our guidance, despite some unexpected challenges and reflected the improving balance of our sales base," MR Witty said in the earnings release.

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