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Olympus Corp. said Tuesday its group net profit shot up 67.3 percent to 47.80 billion yen in fiscal 2006 on good sales of digital cameras and medical checkup equipment such as endoscopes and gastrointestinal videoscopes.

In a group earnings report for the year to March 31, the company booked an 85.0 percent rise in pretax profit to 76.23 billion yen on an 8.6 percent increase in sales to 1.06 trillion yen.

The company said the strong sales were due to the popularity of high-end single-lens reflex digital cameras and more affordable compact digital cameras, especially water-proof models.

Strong sales of confocal laser scanning microscopes, especially in Europe, boosted sales for the life science division.

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