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IMS/VNU merger

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VNU is considering amending or terminating its merger agreement with IMS Health, the company says Nov. 7. The two firms agreed to the $7 bil. merger in July and expected the deal to close in early 2006 (1"The Tan Sheet" July 18, 2003, p. 9). However, Netherlands-based VNU says "shareholders claiming to represent 48% of VNU's outstanding shares [said] they would not support the transaction under any circumstances." VNU is AC Nielsen's parent company and provides consumer, marketing and media information to the healthcare industry; IMS Health focuses primarily on Rx healthcare. "Various possible alternatives" have been discussed including the deal's revision, VNU says...
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