A Strong Year Underway, M&A Rises to $559 Billion

Hahn, Avital Louria
April 2005
Investment Dealers' Digest;4/18/2005, Vol. 71 Issue 15, p42
Trade Publication
The article reports on the merger & acquisition (M&A) trends of business enterprises in the United States in the coming year. If the first quarter is any indication of how M&A will fare this year, 2005 will go down in deal history as a strong year that moderately surpassed 2004 levels, but not as one that delivered wildly heated, jaw-dropping results. Volume of global announced mergers rose 12% in the first quarter compared with the same time last year, to $559 billion from $499 billion. And while the stock market has been soft during the quarter, bankers still expect more deals to be forthcoming.


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