M&A activity near 2008 levels

The value of merger and acquisition operations in the last quarter of 2012 has reached $690 billion, which is the highest point since five years ago. The overall figure is $2.2 trillion, 9 percentage points less than in 2011.

The US oil and gas, and telecommunications sectors registered most movements during the past months.

Companies’ cash position, globally, has overcome the $3 trillion mark. Analysts expect it to support corporative operations in 2013, provided developed economies improve their stance and management of currency convertibility risk in the euro zone.

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Victor Jimenez
London contributor at thecorner.eu, reporting about the City and the Eurozone economies. He regularly writes for Spanish newspaper group Prensa Ibérica--some of his features include shared work with journalists of The Daily Telegraph and the BBC.

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