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VNU agrees to sell stake in Solucient to Thomson

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Haarlem, the Netherlands—Global media company VNU announced Monday that it has agreed to sell its 34.3% stake in Solucient, an information products company serving the health care industry, to Thomson Corp.

Financial terms of the deal, which is expected to be completed this year, were not disclosed.

VNU said in a news release that while Solucient provides valuable services and insights to health care clients, the business is no longer considered a strategic fit with VNU’s Marketing Information group, which focuses primarily on the consumer goods sector.

VNU has been a minority owner of Solucient since 1999.

—Matthew Schwartz

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