There were 525 deals in 2005, a 13% increase from 2004. The total value of the deals increased 87% to $56 billion.
All 11 sectors tracked by Jordan, Edmiston—including b-to-b magazines, exhibitions & conferences, database information services, and online media—had a busy year, extending the torrid M&A pace that started in 2004.
For b-to-b magazines, the number of deals was up 10% and the value rose 42%. Online media saw a 38% increase in the number of deals and a 101% increase in deal value. Exhibitions & conferences also had solid growth, up 44% in number of deals and 128% in value. The number of marketing and interactive services increased 30% and the value rose 42%.