D&B buys for about $55 million

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San Francisco—Global business information provider D&B announced late Tuesday that it has acquired, an online resource for businesses, for about $55 million.

AllBusiness has an audience of more than 2 million business decision-makers and a library of more than 2 million pieces of business information, including articles, videos, blogs, forms and agreements. It will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of D&B.

“We are pleased with our acquisition, which will help us scale our existing Internet business while expanding our ability to meet the needs of professionals doing business on the Web,” said Steve Alesio, D&B’s chairman-CEO, in a news release.

Kathy Yates, CEO of, said in the release: “This acquisition creates one of the largest audiences of intent-driven business decision-makers on the Web. The combination of AllBusiness for business how-to advice, D&B for company insight, Hoover’s for company research and First Research for industry research is a home run of powerful online business resources.”

—Matthew Schwartz

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