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Acquisition of Kronans Droghandel shares by Orion accepted by Competition Authorities

The Finnish and the Swedish Competition Authorities have during the current week accepted the purchase by the Orion Group of 58.3 percent of the shares in the Swedish pharmaceutical distributor, Kronans Droghandel AB, from Ratos AB and 3i Group Plc. The closing of the deal still provides for some conditions to be met within the next few weeks. The purchasing process has advanced according to plan. The transaction has been explained in a stock exchange release by Orion on 12 April 2002.

Helsinki Stock Exchange

Orion Corporation