Merck KGaA Well-Equipped Against War And Raw Material Shortages
Healthcare Sales Strong In Q1
Despite the impact of the war in Ukraine and spiralling costs, as well as lower COVID-19-based revenues, the German group is forecasting a healthy financial performance for full-year 2022.
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