Cardinal Health, Medtronic Tie Up $6.1bn Lower-Margin Assets Deal
Medtronic is selling certain lower-margin, lower growth assets within its Patient Monitoring and Recovery division to Cardinal Health in a $6.1bn deal. While the deal may benefit Medtronic's debt situation, the same cannot be said for the buyer.
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