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Germany's Merck Aims To Grow, Not Sell $1 Bln Consumer Health Arm - Yahoo Finance

The non-prescription market has seen a wave of consolidation this year and a $17 billion deal for Merck to buy laboratory supplies business Sigma-Aldrich has prompted some bankers to speculate it might consider selling the consumer unit. But the family-controlled company insists it has no intention of quitting. "We really want to stick to that business," Uta Kemmerich-Keil, chief executive of Merck Consumer Health, said during a media briefing in London highlighting the unit's strengths. "Our strategy is a pure growth strategy and by the end of this year we will hopefully hit the $1 billion sales mark." Consumer health is smaller than Merck's other businesses selling prescription drugs, high-tech chemicals and laboratory equipment but has strong brands like Seven Seas vitamins and Bion probiotics. It also received a boost in January from the transfer of Neurobion and Floratil, for muscle soreness and diarrhoea, from the prescription drug unit Merck Serono. Kemmerich-Keil said she aimed to have at least three leading brands with a minimum 3 percent market share in key target countries, which include a number of emerging markets, like Brazil, where demand for front page self-medication is growing strongly. While securing strong positions in local markets could involve small bolt-on acquisitions or licensing deals, she sees no need for large-scale acquisitions, despite recent moves by leading players Bayer and GlaxoSmithKline to boost their OTC footprints.

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Workout Wednesday: Catharine Pendrel's Around The World Core Routine - Health Diet Fitness - Stylebistro

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Come back every Wednesday for a new exercise to try. Who: Catharine Pendrel , Canadian Olympian in Mountain Bike and LUNA Chix Pro Athlete Best fitness advice ever received:'Always remember what you first loved about riding.' My brother inspired me to start cross-country. I always wanted to be able to keep up with the boys and looked up to my slightly older brother, so when he actually invited me to try a mountain bike race and use his bike, it was a no brainer. Ive found the key to go fast really is in embracing challenge and having fun doing it!" Favorite post or pre-workout snack:I love to refuel with a Luna Protein Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip (12 for $15) or Luna (visit site) Chocolate Dipped Coconut bar (15 for $19). Favorite workout gear:When Im not in my team cycling kilt, I love my Prana yoga pants ($63) and tank top ($30) for core, stretching and hitting the gym. Gym bag beauty essentials: " Alba Botanica Aloe & Green Teamoisturizer ($19). I spend so much time in the sun and wind that my skin can always use a little help. Go-to Exercise: "Around the World" Core Routine (10 to 15 Minutes) In my cycling training, I follow a periodized program so I am not often repeating the same routine. Off the bike however, I love this routine because it works all the small supporting muscles that help me stay injury free, plus it has enough to it that I do not get bored repeating the same workout every day. I start by grabbing my yoga mat and a quiet space first thing in the morning before breakfast.
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