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BtoB

Magazine/trade show deals up in Q1, Whitestone finds

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New York—The number of acquisitions in the magazine/trade show field totaled 17 in the first quarter of 2005, up from 14 in the year-earlier period, according to merger and acquisition advisory firm Whitestone Communications, which tracks M&A activity for its annual reference, Who’s Buying Whom.

The dollar value of these deals increased by 104% to $486 million.

Whitestone speculated that with deals such as the potential sale of Hanley Wood, which is owned by a Veronis Suhler Stevenson private equity fund, in the pipeline, the brisk pace of M&A activity in the b-to-b sector should continue.

—Sean Callahan

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