November 1, 2012 / 11:24 AM / 8 years ago

Pfizer quarterly revenue falls far short of forecasts

People walk past the Pfizer World headquarters in New York, February 3, 2010. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc reported on Thursday quarterly revenue well below Wall Street expectations, on sharply weaker sales of specialty care drugs and a pullback of emerging market revenue.

Results were also hurt by weaker than expected sales of Pfizer’s Prevnar vaccine and Lipitor cholesterol fighter, which has been facing cheaper generics since late last year.

The largest U.S. drugmaker earned $3.21 billion, or 43 cents per share, in the third quarter. That compared with $3.74 billion, or 48 cents per share, in the year-earlier period, when the company recorded a $1.3 billion gain on the sale of its Capsugel business.

Excluding special items, Pfizer earned 53 cents per share. Analysts on average had expected 53 cents, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Global sales fell 16 percent to $13.98 billion, well below Wall Street expectations of $14.64 billion.

Reporting by Ransdell Pierson; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn and Gerald E. McCormick

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