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ONS data shows fall in UK M&A activity

The volume of M&A activity in the UK has fallen.

04 September 2012

Merger and acquisition consultants in the UK could be realising a drop in business, figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed.

Data from the organisation revealed that during the second quarter of 2012, the overall volume of UK merger and acquisition (M&A) deals fell by 39 per cent when compared with the same timeframe in 2011.

Overall, the number of domestic acquisitions within the UK realised an annual decline of 73 per cent in the quarter, with figures from the period similar to those in the same three months in 2009.

While UK companies made a higher number of outbound acquisitions following contract negotiations with overseas companies during the second quarter than in the first, the total number of inward acquisitions of UK firms by overseas buyers fell.

"The purpose of the M&A surveys is to collect and measure information on the timing, value and method of funding mergers, acquisitions and disposals involving UK businesses," the ONS stated.

Posted by David Gleck

Source: ONS press release, September 4th

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