Contact lens firm sees sales growth

Contact lens firm sees sales growth

By Martin Burns

Alcon, the contact lens and eye care company, has revealed its sales growth figures for the most recent quarter.

It reported an organic sales increase of nine per cent, or 5.9 per cent when foreign exchange fluctuations were taken into account.

Sales in the US increased by 7.6 per cent and international organic sales growth was rated at 10.1 per cent.

Chief executive officer and president Kevin Buehler said that the company"s intraocular lenses and treatments for glaucoma had a particularly significant role in driving sales and market share growth.

He predicted that the firm would do well in earnings for the rest of 2009.

Alcon has its US operations based in Texas and has a workforce of more than 15,000 people globally.

On average, people work for the company for nine years, though many stay for 25 years or longer.

The firm has offices in 75 countries and in places such as the Middle East, Canada and Africa.

It was founded in 1945 by Robert Alexander and William Conner.

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