D&S segment sales improved by 29% to $77.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $59.8 million for the same quarter in the prior year. The increase in sales was largely due to improved volume across most product lines, especially in China. We continue to see strong order trends in all market segments led by our industrial gas customers. D&S gross profit margin declined to 28% in the quarter compared with 32% a year ago largely due to higher material costs and warranty expense.BioMedical segment sales improved 50% to $39.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2010, compared with $26.4 million for the same quarter in the prior year. This increase is largely due to the acquisition of Covidien's oxygen therapy business, which closed in late November 2009. BioMedical gross profit margin increased to 45% in the quarter compared with 33% for the same period in 2009. Favorable volume and mix in the current quarter and higher restructuring-related costs in the prior year quarter impacted margins including higher cost of sales due to the write-up of inventory to fair value in the Covidien transaction. BioMedical's fourth quarter gross profit margin was higher than the profit margins in all prior quarters in 2010, as the prior quarters included significant restructuring and acquisition-related costs.
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