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European investors expect M&A increase, says report

12 May 2010

Investors in Europe believe companies will continue to hoard cash this year, but many are also expecting to see growth in mergers and acquisitions (M&A).

This is according to a new survey from Fitch Ratings, which found that the proportion of investors forecasting a "significant" increase in M&A over the next 12 months has doubled to 15 per cent, Bloomberg reports.

However, Fitch also noted that general investor sentiment suggests organisations will continue to exercise caution with new ventures.

Monica Insoll, managing director in Fitch's credit market research group, explained that 79 per cent of survey respondents believe maintaining capital cushions will be a "significant or moderate priority" among European firms for the remainder of 2010.

Data from Bloomberg shows Europe currently accounts for 14 per cent of global M&A, down from 30 per cent between 2005 and the third quarter of last year.

A recent report from Ernst & Young revealed that M&A activity in the global technology sector increased by 14 per cent in the first three months of 2010, despite a relative lack of "big-ticket" deals.

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