10/23/2013 7:26:37 AM
McKesson Corp. (MCK) is near an agreement to buy a majority stake in German drug wholesaler Celesio AG (CLS1) to bundle its purchasing and gain global influence, said two people with knowledge of the discussions. Franz Haniel & Cie GmbH, the family-owned company that owns the 50.01 percent stake, and McKesson are trying to reach agreement in time to announce it with McKesson’s quarterly earnings tomorrow, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private. San Francisco-based McKesson then would be required under German law to make an offer to buy the remaining Celesio shares, the people said.
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