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'New GSK' will focus on 'gigantic pools of volume,' says Witty

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GlaxoSmithKline will not be selling off part of its stake in the HIV joint venture ViiV Healthcare via an IPO because of a "strong positive outlook" for the business. The decision was announced alongside the company's first quarter results and details of CEO Andrew Witty's plans for the "new GSK" following the multi-billion dollar asset swop with Novartis, which closed in March. The update helped GSK's share price increase by almost 1% (6 May) with investors pleased to hear about GSK's reduction of its £4bn payback scheme to a £1bn special dividend and details of an accelerated cost-savings plan.

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