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BASEL, Switzerland (


) --


, the Swiss drugmaker, said Thursday it expects at least high single-digit sales growth for its pharmaceuticals division in 2009 after third-quarter sales rose 14%.

Roche said Tamiflu sales rose to 994 million Swiss francs ($982.1 million) and it raised its full-year forecast for the drug to about 2.7 billion francs from 2 billion.

Roche said its third-quarter sales were 12.4 billion francs.

Third-quarter sales of cancer drug Avastin rose 21% to 1.59 billion francs from a year earlier.

Roche CEOe Severin Schwan said the integration of U.S. biotech company

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was progressing well.

-- Reported by Joseph Woelfel in New York


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