DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Cardinal Health posted a 15 percent jump in first-quarter net income as sales of low-cost generic drugs rose.

Those sales pushed pharmaceutical profits higher and the company also reported modest growth in revenue from its medical products business. Cardinal raised its quarterly dividend for the second consecutive quarter, boosting the payout to 27.5 cents from 23.75 cents.

Net income rose to $271 million, or 79 cents per share, from $237 million, or 68 cents per share, a year ago. The company earned 81 cents per share if one-time charges are excluded. Revenue fell 3 percent, to $25.89 billion from $26.79 billion.

Analysts were forecasting net income of 79 cents per share and $26.37 billion in revenue, according to FactSet. The company's first quarter ended Sept. 30.

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