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CIBA ANNOUNCES SALES IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 1993

 ARDSLEY, N.Y., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Ciba-Geigy Limited of Basel, Switzerland, today announced its sales results for the first three quarters of 1993.
 Despite difficult conditions, Ciba achieved sales of 17,082 million Swiss francs in the first nine months of 1993, keeping them almost at the level of the corresponding period of 1992. Sales within each division developed as follows:
 Sectors/Divisions Change in Percent
 (all figures Jan.-Sept. In Local
 in SFr m) 1993 In SFr Currencies
 Healthcare Sector:
 Pharmaceuticals 4,671 -1 -1
 Self-Medication 719 +9 +12
 Diagnostics 503 +33 +27
 CIBA Vision 768 +22 +20
 Total Healthcare 6,661 +4 +4
 Agriculture Sector:
 Plant Protection 3,393 -6 -5
 Animal Health 346 +2 +5
 Seeds 189 -10 -8
 Total Agriculture 3,928 -4 -3
 Industry Sector:
 Textile Dyes 1,074 -2 -1
 Chemicals 974 -1 -1
 Additives 1,583 0 -1
 Pigments 816 +3 +3
 Polymers 944 -5 -4
 Composites 305 -22 -22
 Mettler Toledo 797 -1 0
 Total Industry 6,493 -2 -2
 Group 17,082 0 0
 As expected, sales in all three sectors have recovered further in comparison with the first half-year of 1993.
 The development of sales was distorted by the extraordinary initial success of the smoking cessation patch Habitrol(R) in the United States in the first half of 1992, as the shareholder information for the first half-year of 1993 explained. However, the positive sales development in the last three months, above all in pharmaceuticals in the United States, has corrected this distortion still further.
 For 1993 as a whole, Ciba still expects an increase in group profit after tax and extraordinary expenses compared with 1992. The improvement will, however, be limited by the present unfavorable business conditions.
 Ciba-Geigy Corporation (Ciba), headquartered in Ardsley, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ciba-Geigy Limited of Basel, Switzerland. Ciba is a leading developer and manufacturer of healthcare and agricultural products, and specialty chemicals for industry. Ciba is committed to sustainable development by balancing its social, economic and environmental responsibilities, in keeping with its "Vision 2000."
 -0- 10/13/93
 /CONTACT: Susan Warner of Ciba, 914-479-4050/


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