Britain's Most Admired by sector: Health and Household

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1 GlaxoSmithKline 70.0
2 AstraZeneca 61.4
3 Shire 60.9
4 Reckitt Benckiser 57.6
5 Hikma Pharmaceuticals 57.0

GSK tops its sector again, improving on last year's results by 6.5 points, rising 14 places to fifth overall, and scoring a jaw-dropping 9.2 for financial soundness. It reported a Q3 turnover of £6.76bn, buoyed by sales of anti-viral Relenza. It also pulled off a historic JV with rival Pfizer to create HIV treatment firm ViiV Healthcare. AstraZeneca moves from fifth to second. It reported Q3 pre-tax profit growth of 27%. Its nasal-spray swine flu vaccine has sold well. Shire climbs from eighth to third. After a strong first half, Reckitt Benckiser reported flat Q3 revenues of £862m. Boss Bart Becht calls Europe (accounting for half its sales) 'a challenging environment'.

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