NEW YORK, Aug. 16 – Bayer’s recent announcement that it would consider merging its drug division even if it meant losing control of the business came as a surprise to many analysts who thought that Bayer, beset by plunging profits and a major drug recall, would seek a merger on the condition that it maintained management control.

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