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Smiths Group PLC (LON:SMIN) said it was confident of meeting market expectations for the financial year to July 2021 after a fall in revenue in the first quarter.

The engineering conglomerate posted a 2% dip in underlying revenue for continuing operations in the first quarter to October 31.

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John Crane performed as expected, with challenging market conditions in Energy, partially offset by modest growth in Industrials, while Smiths Detection delivered a strong performance in Aviation during the quarter, driven by delivery of original equipment orders, which was offset by Other Security Systems.

Flex-Tek delivered strong Industrial sales that more than offset Aerospace weakness and Smiths Interconnect continued with “good momentum”, the company said.

Quarterly revenue Smiths Medical was up 4% on an underlying basis driven by further growth in Infusion Systems and Vital Care.

The FTSE 100-listed group said the restructuring programme is progressing well and will deliver the anticipated £30mln of savings in the current year and the full £70mln benefit in the financial year ending July 2022.

As of October 31, cash balances were £413mln.

Shares rose 3% to 1,550p early on Monday.

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