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The M&A activity for the media/marketing/information sector was cloudy for the first half of this year, but online and interactive services…

The M&A activity for the media/marketing/information sector was cloudy for the first half of this year, but online and interactive services remain a bright spot, according to data compiled by The Jordan, Edmiston Group. The total number of transactions for media, information, marketing services and related technologies increased slightly to 404, versus 397 in the prior year, but deal value is down dramatically to $23.2 billion from $65.8 billion in the same period in 2007.

The main decline was in $1+ billion transactions: four in the first half of 2008 accounting for $9.6 billion in value, versus 11 deals worth $46.3 billion in the same period last year, including Thomson

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