Dentsply International, manufacturer of dental supplies, saw a 10% sales jump in the first quarter of this year, compared to the same quarter 1 year ago. The sales growth resulted in a large jump in income for the first quarter of the year as well. Profits grew from $50 million in the first quarter of 2006 to $58.5 million in first quarter of this year.

“Our businesses are performing well across most of our product lines and geographies, particularly our specialty products and European business units,” said Bret Wise, chairman and CEO of Dentsply.

The company attributed the increase to strong internal growth in its European markets and sales of specialty products, including implants and orthodontic and ceramic products.

[Dentsply International, May 2, 2007]