Ecolab sees record sales in first quarter, but acquisition costs stifle earnings

The St. Paul-based maker of cleaning products is feeling the effects of its merger with the water treatment company Nalco Holding. Revenue was up 85 percent in the first quarter, but the cost of integrating the two companies sent earnings downward.
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The St. Paul-based maker of cleaning products is feeling the effects of its merger with the water treatment company Nalco Holding. Revenue was up 85 percent in the first quarter, but the cost of integrating the two companies sent earnings downward.

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