Novartis profit jumps 25% (AFP)

A logo for Swiss drugs giant Novartis is seen in Basel. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis has reported a 25 percent jump in 2008 net profit and shrugged off the economic downturn to forecast a record year ahead despite market skepticism.(AFP/File/Fabrice Coffrini)AFP – Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis on Wednesday reported a 25 percent jump in 2008 net profit and shrugged off the economic downturn to forecast a record year ahead despite market skepticism.

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