Global mergers and acquisitions reach $ 2 trillion

Global mergers and acquisitions (M & A transactions) have already reached $ 2 trillion since the beginning of 2018, a record level of transaction value for the year, Thomson Reuters data showed on Tuesday.
A series of deals at the beginning of the week, particularly in the United States, with GE's merger with Wabtec for the rail industry in a deal worth $ 11.1 billion, helped reach that record.
The two periods in which M & A deals hit record levels were similar in 2007 ($ 1.8 trillion) before the global financial crisis a year ago, and in 2000 ($ 1.5 trillion) before the technology bubble burst.
Deals worth $ 28 billion were announced in the United States on Monday in electricity, real estate and the financial sector.
Europe also saw a boom in deals, which in April posted the highest monthly value in 10 years, Thomson Reuters reported, while deals between the United States and Britain reached $ 89.6 billion, the highest level in 19 years.
Globally, M & A deals have shown no sign of a halt, with Sony Corp announcing Tuesday that it will pay $ 2.3 billion to control EMI, becoming the world's largest music publisher.

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