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Third quarter revenue expected to increase 13% to $282 mil., with earnings per share likely to grow about 50% to $.27-$.28, or 20% excluding the impact of a $.04 per share one-time charge in the quarter, firm says during Oct. 4 analyst call. While U.S. sales are expected to grow about 25% year-over-year driven by Pharmanex division, direct-seller's results in Japan and China will be "softer than expected," President and CEO Truman Hunt says. Japanese sales are expected to fall 8% versus the year-ago period, while China's sales volume will be down about 4% compared to the previous quarter, with sales in the region expected to be $26 mil.-$27 mil. Chinese business is struggling in anticipation of new direct sales regulations, which may not be implemented until the second or third quarter of 2005, Hunt says...

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