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Shelves full of cigarettes are pictured at a CVS store in the Manhattan borough of New York February 5, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo AllegriJan 11 (Reuters) – CVS Health Corp (CVS.N) on Tuesday raised its adjusted earnings forecast for 2021, citing strong retail sales helped by higher demand for COVID-19 vaccines as well as over-the-counter testing in November and December.

The company, best known for its chain of drugstores, raised its forecast for 2021 adjusted profit per share to a range of $8.33 to $8.38, up from at least $8.00 previously.

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Reporting by Ankur Banerjee and Manojna Maddipatla in Bengaluru; Editing by Ramakrishnan M.

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