World wide M&A up 9%, Number of deals up 4%:
The value of worldwide M&A totaled US$1. 1 trillion during the first half of 2010, a 9.4% increase from first half 2009 levels and the strongest opening six month period from M&A since 2008. By number of deals, M&A activity is up 3.8% compared to last year with over 19,000 announced deals. Second quarter M&A activity increased 5.4% over the first quarter of 2010, to US$546.5 billion.
Source: Thomson Reuters