M&A activity in IT sector in sharp decline

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The value of deals fell from $45.8bn (£27.7bn) in 2001 to $23.3bn in 2002. It represents a slump of 49.1%. The number of transactions also fell from 1,767 to 949 – a 46% decline.

E&Y maintains that US companies will remain the biggest buyers this year, with transactions within the software sector accounting for 40% of all M&A deals in Europe.

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