Dentsply International Inc,York, Pa, has reported that its net sales for the fourth quarter of2011 were a record $738 million, a 29.9% increase from $568.2 million inthe fourth quarter of 2010. According to the company, the growth waslargely driven by acquisitions, but also by solid internal sales growth,excluding the orthodontic and Japanese businesses that were impacted bythe March 2011 earthquake in Japan.

Net sales for the full year 2011 were a record $2.537 billion, a 14.3% increase over the prior year.

Bret Wise, chairman and chief executive officer of DentsplyInternational, said, “We are pleased to report record sales and adjustedearnings for 2011. Our portfolio of new products has been particularlystrong, driving market share gains across numerous categories. Theglobal dental market continued to improve in 2011, particularly in theUnited States where there has been a notable strengthening in underlyingdemand.”

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