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2005 Global Merger & Acquisition Volume Climbed 38% To $2.9 Trillion

There was incredible growth globally in the M&A arena last year, with record-setting volume of $474.3 billion coming from the Asian-Pacific region, up 46% from $324.5 billion in 2004.

In the U.S., M&A volume rose 30% from $886.2 billion in 2004. In Europe the figure was 49% higher than the $729.5 billion in 2004. While activity in Eastern Europe nearly doubled to a record $117.4 billion.

In merger and acquisition activity, exchanging company stock is a frequent occurrence.