(Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) reported a better-than-expected first-quarter profit on Tuesday and raised its full-year sales forecast, helped by growing demand for its cancer drugs.

The Johnson and Johnson logo is seen at an office building in Singapore January 17, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas White

J&J’s pharmaceuticals sales rose 3.8 percent to $3.04 billion, driven by sales of its cancer drugs such as Darzalex, Imbruvica and Zytiga that rose 45 percent to $2.31 billion in the quarter.

Johnson & Johnson products are displayed for sale in Solana Beach, California, U.S., July 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Blake

J&J raised its full-year sales forecast to $81.0 billion to $81.8 billion from its previous forecast of $80.6 billion to $81.4 billion.

Excluding items, the company earned $2.06 per share. Analysts on average were expecting earnings of $2.02 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Sales in the first quarter jumped to $20.01 billion from $17.77 billion a year earlier, beating analysts’ estimates of $19.46 billion.

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Net earnings fell to $4.37 billion, or $1.60 per share, from $4.42 billion, or $1.61 per share, a year earlier.

Shares in the Dow-component were up 1.1 percent to $133.25 before the bell.

Reporting by Manas Mishra in Bengaluru; Editing by Supriya Kurane



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