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Executive Summary

By acquiring Marconi Medical Systems in a $1.1 billion deal announced in July, Philips NV tacks on volume and adds scale to its medical systems business. Strategically, however, the move is part of a continuing response to competitor GE Medical Systems' ongoing acquisition efforts, which have challenged its competitors in medical capital equipment to get bigger to keep up.

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