UPDATE 3-Abbott sales beat on higher demand for medical devices
* Q2 profit also beats estimates
* Results affected by Venezuela operations
* Shares up 2.3 pct (Adds details about St. Jude, Alere acquisitions and share move)
By Amrutha Penumudi
July 20 (Reuters) - Abbott Laboratories reported better-than-expected quarterly sales and profit as strong sales in its medical device business more than made up for the hit from an economic turmoil in Venezuela.
Abbott is one of the major U.S. companies to be affected by troubled operations in Venezuela.
The Latin American nation's economy contracted by 4.5 percent in the first nine months of last year as plunging oil prices, and what critics of President Nicolas Maduro see as policy missteps, took an increasing toll.
Venezuela's official annual inflation rate was the world's highest at 141.5 percent in the nine months.
Abbott, which rakes in two-thirds of its revenue from outside the United States, said emerging market sales increased 1.1 percent but would have risen 4.8 percent excluding the impact of Venezuelan operations. Continuación...