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AMSCO INTERNATIONAL ESTIMATES LOWER FOURTH QUARTER 1993 SALES

 PITTSBURGH, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- AMSCO International, Inc. (NYSE: ASZ) today estimated lower net sales for the fourth quarter ended Jan. 2, 1994. Estimated revenues for the quarter reflect a furtherance of the soft sales pattern that existed for most of 1993 in the company's markets.
 Net sales for the fourth quarter are estimated to be $147.6 million, down approximately 10% from $163.9 million for this period last year.
 Customer orders for capital equipment received during the fourth quarter are estimated to be $77.3 million, down 24% from $102.2 million for the same period last year.
 The year-end backlog is estimated to be $90.1 million, up 6% from $84.6 million at this time a year ago as a result of increased international demand. The estimated backlog at year-end is down 19% from $110.6 million at the end of the third quarter 1993, with the percentage reduction balanced between the domestic and international markets.
 Net sales for the year ended Jan. 2, 1994 are estimated to be $503.6 million, up approximately 1% over the $498.2 million reported last year.
 AMSCO plans to announce operating results, including earnings, for the recently completed quarter and fiscal year on Feb. 9, 1994. The estimated net sales for the fourth quarter make it unlikely that the company will meet analyst projections for fourth quarter earnings. Moreover, the decrease in customer orders could result in difficult near- term comparisons to historical earnings.
 AMSCO International, Inc. is a leading provider of infection control, decontamination and surgical products and services to healthcare, scientific and industrial customers.
 AMSCO INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
 Estimated Sales by Major Product Group
 For the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended
 Jan. 2, 1994, and Jan. 3, 1993
 (Dollars in Thousands)
 Three Months 12 Months
 1/2/94 1/3/93 1/2/94 1/3/93
 Healthcare
 Infection Control $40,317 $48,444 $131,730 $144,244
 Surgical 33,210 41,069 115,501 117,423
 Total 73,527 89,513 247,231 261,667
 Scientific
 Infection Control -
 Base 18,945 20,283 56,957 56,863
 Finn-Aqua 16,815 16,277 49,276 39,960
 Total 35,760 36,560 106,233 96,823
 Service 39,466 41,236 155,303 151,739
 Sterile Recoveries 3,017 837 7,982 1,132
 Total Gross Revenue 151,770 168,146 516,749 511,361
 Sales Deductions (4,200) (4,287) (13,127) (13,193)
 Total Net Sales 147,570 163,859 503,622 498,168
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 /CONTACT: Robert Butter of AMSCO, 412-338-6542/
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