Outdoor Systems buys 3M unit

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Outdoor Systems, Phoenix, the largest U.S. outdoor ad company, purchased 3M Media's National Advertising Co., Bedford Park, Ill., for $1 billion. The acquisition requires government approval and is the latest in a string of mammoth transactions in the outdoor industry and will strengthen Outdoor Systems' position in California, Texas and Florida. The 3M Media unit will dissolve.

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