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Survey finds North America remains market of choice for M&A transactions in 2014

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Survey finds North America remains market of choice for M&A transactions in 2014

Nearly three-quarters of executives believe the U.S. economy will continue to improve during the first half of 2014, despite expectation of increased regulatory enforcement.

According to a new poll by professional services firm Deloitte, 40% of business executives surveyed identify North America as the top market to consider for mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in 2014 – the same sentiment among executives who responded to a similar survey in July 2013.

Respondents selected North America by a large margin over China (6%), Western Europe (5%), Latin America (5%) and other emerging markets (6%). Seventy-three percent of executives surveyed expressed optimism about the U.S. economy for the first half of 2014, which responses show is primarily driven by low inflation that has boosted purchasing power and consumer spending.

"Despite the negative effects of recent bad weather, the U.S. economy is growing and likely to accelerate.""Despite the negative effects of recent bad weather, the U.S. economy is growing and likely to accelerate," said Ira Kalish, chief global economist, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. "Growth in consumer income, the job market and improvements in consumer cash flow are large contributors to the rise in consumer spending, which is likely to contribute significantly to the progress of the economy."

 

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