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Dealmakers brace for M&A slowdown in 2019 amid economic uncertainty

The fourth quarter of 2018 is on track to end with the volume of global M&A activity down 27 per cent year-on-year, and down 16 per cent from the third quarter, at $724 billion

Reuters  |  NEW YORK/LONDON 

Dealmakers celebrating their third-strongest year on record are fretting 2019 will herald a steep drop in mergers and acquisitions worldwide, as market jitters and economic uncertainty take their toll. The fourth quarter of 2018 is on track to end with the volume of global M&A activity down 27 per cent year-on-year, and down 16 per cent from the third quarter, at $724 billion, according to Refinitiv data. A stock market selloff and concerns over the United States' escalating trade row with China weighed on dealmakers' confidence. This is despite global M&A volumes ...

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First Published: Fri, December 21 2018. 05:39 IST
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