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Olympus, Sony say medical business merger delayed

A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval...more

A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval...more

A man walks out from Olympus Corp's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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Logos of Olympus and Sony are pictured at an electronic store in Tokyo September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Logos of Olympus and Sony are pictured at an electronic store in Tokyo September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Logos of Olympus and Sony are pictured at an electronic store in Tokyo September 28, 2012. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
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A man passes a logo of Olympus Corp outside the company's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

A man passes a logo of Olympus Corp outside the company's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining...more

A man passes a logo of Olympus Corp outside the company's showroom in Tokyo December 21, 2012. Olympus and Sony Corp said on Friday that a planned merger of the two firms' medical business will take longer than expected due to delays in obtaining regulatory approval abroad. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao
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