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Eddy Elfenbein submits: Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) just reported earnings of 61 cents a share, three cents more than expectations.

Here are MDT's results for the past few quarters:

Quarter...........EPS.............Sales
Jul-01............$0.28...........$1,455.70
Oct-01...........$0.29...........$1,571.00
Jan-02...........$0.30...........$1,592.00
Apr-02...........$0.34...........$1,792.00
Jul-02............$0.32...........$1,713.90
Oct-02...........$0.34...........$1,891.00
Jan-03...........$0.35...........$1,912.50
Apr-03...........$0.40...........$2,148.00
Jul-03............$0.37...........$2,064.20
Oct-03...........$0.39...........$2,163.80
Jan-04...........$0.40...........$2,193.80
Apr-04...........$0.48...........$2,665.40
Jul-04............$0.43...........$2,346.10
Oct-04...........$0.44...........$2,399.80
Jan-05...........$0.46...........$2,530.70
Apr-05...........$0.53...........$2,778.00
Jul-05............$0.50...........$2,690.40
Oct-05...........$0.54...........$2,765.40
Jan-06...........$0.55...........$2,769.50
Apr-06...........$0.62...........$3,066.70
Jul-06............$0.55...........$2,897.00
Oct-06...........$0.59...........$3,075.00
Jan-07...........$0.61...........$3,048.00

MDT 1-yr chart
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Source: Medtronic's Earnings Above Expectations