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CIBA ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER SALES RESULTS

 ARDSLEY, N.Y., April 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Ciba-Geigy Limited of Basel, Switzerland and Ciba-Geigy Corporation in the United States, both now known as Ciba, have announced their first quarter sales.
 As expected, worldwide sales for the first three months of 1993 were 3 percent below the corresponding period of 1992 in local currencies. In Swiss francs, there was a drop of 4 percent to 5,689 million SFr. Worldwide sales within each division follow the text.
 Ciba's businesses are in three sectors: Healthcare, Agriculture, and Industry.
 In Healthcare, as expected, it was not possible to repeat this year the extraordinary high introductory sales of Habitrol during the first quarter of 1992. Habitrol is Ciba's transdermal smoking cessation aid.
 In the Agriculture sector, particularly plant protection, sales fluctuated in the first months of the year, as so often in the past. However, there was a perceptible rise in sales towards the end of the quarter.
 In the Industry sector, signs of an upturn, mainly in the United States, were not able to compensate for lower sales during January and February.
 During the year, Ciba expects a modest increase in worldwide group sales.
 In the United States, sales results for the first quarter were $1,081 million compared to the same period last year. The Healthcare sector first quarter sales were $377 million compared to $413 million for this period last year. The Agriculture sector first quarter sales were $343 million compared to $353 million in 1992. The Industry sector first quarter sales were $361 million compared to $351 million in 1992. Overall in 1993 the U.S. first quarter sales were 3 percent lower than for the same period last year. The exchange rates used are averages for the first quarter of 1993. In this period, the average rate for the U.S. dollar was SFr 1.50 (SFr 1.45 in the first quarter of 1992).
 In the United States, Ciba-Geigy Limited shares trade through a sponsored American Depositary Receipt (ADR) facility with Morgan Guaranty Trust Company.
 CIBA WORLDWIDE SALES IN EACH DIVISION -- FIRST QUARTER 1993
 First Quarter Ended 1993 Change in Percent
 SFr m Actual Currency Adjusted(A)
 Healthcare Sector
 Pharmaceutical Specialities 1,469 +1 +1
 Self-medication 220 0 +2
 Diagnostics 139(B) +33 +32
 CIBA Vision 241 +24 +24
 Total 2,069 +5 +5
 Agricultural Sector
 Plant Protection 1,174 -15 -15
 Animal health 120 -2 -1
 Seeds 123 -6 -6
 Total 1,417 -13 -13
 Industry Sector
 Textile dyes 359 -6 -5
 Chemicals 334 -2 -1
 Additives 524 -5(C) -5(C)
 Pigments 286 +9 +9
 Polymers 324 -6 -5
 Composites 113 -15 -15
 Mettler-Toledo 263 -3 -3
 Total 2,203 -4 -3
 Group 5,689 -4 -3
 (A) Based on the exchange rates of the corresponding period of 1992 (excluding high-inflation countries).
 (B) Due to a change of accounting period, also includes sales in December 1992.
 (C) After allowance is made for the sale of some segments in 1992, growth amounts to 3 percent (in Swiss francs and in local currencies).
 -0- 4/14/93
 /CONTACT: Lisa Robinson of Ciba, 914-479-4050/


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