TOKYO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Japan's Panasonic Corp is planning to grant preferential negotiating rights to U.S. private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) in the partial sale of its healthcare unit, the Nikkei business newspaper said on Friday.
Panasonic has been looking to raise funds by selling shares in the healthcare unit, whose products include blood sugar monitoring equipment and electronic medical record-keeping systems.
The Nikkei said Panasonic plans to sell a majority stake in its medical unit for around 150 billion yen ($1.5 billion) and to enter final negotiations with the goal of reaching agreement on various conditions before the end of this month.
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