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SonoSite Revenue Climbs 19 Percent

SonoSite, the Bothell, WA-based maker of portable ultrasound machines, said today its sales grew by 19 percent worldwide to $243 million in 2008. Revenue in the fourth quarter climbed more slowly, 8 percent, to about $70 million. Customers delayed orders in the fourth quarter that represented about 10 percent of its revenue forecast, although the company said those orders weren’t cancelled. SonoSite (NASDAQ: SONO) forecasts 5 percent to 10 percent sales growth in 2009.