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Logica, the Reading-based IT services firm with 5,500 staff in the UK, is to be acquired by CGI of Canada for £1.7bn.
Logica is planning to double the number of European graduates recruited to its IT services business to 1,000 this year, including about 100 in the UK.
Logica is planning to vacate its 100,000 sq ft head office in London, in order to relocate staff to a smaller 30,000 sq ft site and to regional offices.
Logica has acquired Great Lakes Technologies, the US automotive IT solutions company with 220 staff, for £14m.
Logica and CMG have announced plans for a £510m merger to create a combined IT services business named LogicaCMG, which will lead to the loss of about 1,400 jobs.
Logica is in merger talks with CMG, which would lead to the creation of a £950m IT services group.
Logica has acquired eGlobal Pacific, the Australian SAP consulting firm, for £2.3m.
Logica is acquiring Esis and Energy Pool Funds Administration from National Grid for £38m.
Logica has acquired PDV Unternehmensberatung, the German computer services company, for up to £370m, and is also in negotiations to buy MITS of Australia.
Logica is to acquire Team 121, the business software consultancy, for £74m, and has also announced a £114m share issue to fund the acquisition and reduce debt.
Logica has expanded its telecommunications business with the acquisition of two companies - Aethos Communication Systems for £47m and DDV Group for £16m.
Logica is acquiring Carnegie Group, the US producer of customer management and decision support software, for £21m.
Logica is acquiring Aldiscon, the network systems company, for £51m, in order to help it "deploy repeatable software solutions in the telecommunications sector".
Logica, the computer services company, is acquiring Axime Ingenierie of France for £18m.