Merck Mulls Sale, Partnership Options for Consumer Health Unit

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Germany's Merck KGaA (MRK.XE) said Tuesday it is considering strategic options for its consumer health unit, including a full or partial sale, or a strategic partnership.

In a statement, the pharmaceutical and specialty-chemicals company said proceeds from the potential transaction would be used to deliver overall financial targets. A final decision hasn't been made.

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The consumer health unit, which manufactures over-the-counter drugs, generated sales of 860 million euros ($1.02 billion) in 2016 from a portfolio of 10 core brands that serve more than 40 markets.

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September 05, 2017 03:58 ET (07:58 GMT)