Media M&A activity increases in Q1, Jordan Edmiston reports

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New York—Merger and acquisition activity in the media and information sector surged in the first quarter, with 140 deals completed, totaling $9.7 billion in value, according to Jordan, Edmiston Group.

The number of deals was up 28% over the first quarter of 2004; the value, up 132%.

In the b-to-b magazine sector, the number of deals increased from 11 to 12, but the value fell 48.3%, from $676 million to $349 million.

In the exhibitions and conferences arena the number of deals increased from seven to nine, and the value increased 16.7%, from $96 million to $112 million.

—Sean Callahan

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