SonoSite Inc. sees sales growth but overall loss

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Portable ultrasound maker SonoSite has reported revenue for Q1 2006 up 9 percent to $36.9 million compared with $34 million in Q1 2005. Overall, U.S. revenue grew 15 percent in Q1 over the prior year with sales growing 45 percent largely from direct sales. The company's U.S. enterprise sales – primarily comprised of sales to governmental entities – declined 57 percent in Q1 2006 due to the high volume of project orders in 2005. Also, international revenue for the company is on the increase – up 3 percent over 2005.

Despite these gain, however, SonoSite reported a net loss of $363,000, compared with net income of $725,000, in the prior year.