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Merck KGaA Down-Plays Further Deals After Consumer Health Sell-Off

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The sale of the Merck KGaA consumer health business to Procter & Gamble could eventually give the German multinational greater flexibility in business development activities, but reducing net debt has first claim on the funds.

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