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Mergers & Acquisitions - 1996
Littlewoods is acquiring UK Charity Lotteries for undisclosed terms, in a move which could create a serious competitor to Camelot in the scratch card market.
GEI International has sold its Sanderson Kayser steel finishing operation to Timken of the US for £5m.
Laporte has sold its European adhesives operation to Elf of France for about £100m.
Bunzl is to sell its Italian and German fine papers businesses to KNP BT of the Netherlands for about £62m.
Rank Organisation has acquired the Canadian outlets of Hard Rock Cafes for £36m.
Eurovein is selling its Surface Treatment Division to US Filter for about £13m, and is changing its name from Eurovein to Tyzack Precision.
AEA Technology is acquiring BR Research from the British Railways Board for £10.8m.
Arrow of the US has acquired Premier Farnell's volume electronic components distribution business for £180m.
Amec is acquiring a 48.6% stake in Spie Batignolles of France for up to £23m, in a deal which will create one the UK's biggest construction groups.
Pressac Holdings is acquiring Italmec, the Italian automotive components maker, for £21m.
London Electricity has agreed to a £1.3bn takeover bid by Entergy of the US, a deal intended to help Entergy develop into a global energy group.
Conrad, the diversified leisure company, is acquiring Sheffield United Football Club for £10m.
Ross Vegetable Products, the United Biscuits frozen vegetable products business, has undergone a £44m management buy-out.
Misys is to acquire Summit Systems, the New York-based financial derivatives trading software company, for £37m.
Higgs & Hill is selling its construction division to Hollandsche Beton Groep, the Dutch construction company, for £28.5m, and changing its name to Swan Hill.
Lloyd Thompson and JIB Group have announced a £300m merger, to create an insurance broking group able to better compete in both the London and Asian markets.
ASW has sold its metals recycling division to Philip Environmental of Canada for £33m, and is also planning to cut 200 jobs in the UK and France as part of a reorganisation.
Wolseley, the builders merchant, is acquiring Bandt's Brown & Tawse business, for £15.6m.
Kingspan, the building materials group, is to buy Ward Building Systems from Rugby for £26m.
Burnfield is acquiring LDS, the vibration equipment company, for £24m.
RPC, the plastic packaging concern, is acquiring CPE of Germany from Viag, for £62m, a deal which will more than double its sales.
CalEnergy of the US has been given UK government approval to go-ahead with its £782m hostile takeover bid for Northern Electric.
Racal Electronics has sold Racal-Decca Marine, the navigation systems business, to Litton Industries of the US for £29.5m.
Vector Industries has acquired 15 engineering businesses from Caradon for about £200m, leaving Caradon free to focus on building products.
Kingfisher, the retail group, has sold its 50% stake in the Staples office supplies superstores to Staples, its US partner, for £23.5m.
BBA Group is acquiring International Airmotive, the US engine overhaul and aircraft servicing company, for £176m, in a move which will make aviation a core activity for the engineering group.
Yule Catto is acquiring PFW Aroma Chemicals in the Netherlands from Hercules of the US for £21m.
Pride Automotive Group, the US-registered car leasing company, is acquiring AC Cars, the sports car maker, from the reveivers for £5.5m.
Logica, the computer services company, is acquiring Axime Ingenierie of France for £18m.
James Fisher, the Barrow-based shipping concern, is acquiring P&O Tankships, the operator of 17 petroleum products tankers, for £39m.
BSG International, the auto components concern, has acquired Premier Hazard, the maker of warning systems, for £6m.
H Young, the automotive distributor, has acquired Madison, the distributor of bicycle parts, for £6.9m.
Blue Circle Industries has bought Venesta Cubicle Systems, the manufacturer of washroom products, for £5.5m.
Whitbread has acquired BrightReasons, the restaurant chain that owns Pizzaland, for £46m, and aims to expand the Bella Pasta chain by converting 35 of the acquired Pizzaland sites.
Pearson has acquired Putnam Berkley, the US publisher of best-selling authors, for £200m.
Babcock International is acquiring the Rosyth Royal Dockyard in Scotland for up to £25m, having secured orders from the Ministry of Defence worth about £1bn.
Carlton Communications has acquired Action Time, the independent television production company, for up to £4.3m.
IMI has acquired ISI Automation, the US fluid power business, for £89m, a move which will help it boost sales of existing products to US automotive manufacturers.
Inn Business Group is acquiring Sycamore Taverns, the chain of 216 tenanted pubs, for about £30m.
Carlton Communications has acquired Westcountry Television for £85m, having outbid United News & Media.
Glaxo Wellcome is acquiring full control of Nippon Glaxo, its joint venture with Shin Nihon Jitsugyo, for £360m.
Allied Colloids has acquired CPS, the US producer of water-soluble polymers, for £230m.
Vodafone has acquired Peoples Phone, the distributor of telephone handsets, for £77m, in order to reduce its dependence on independent retailers.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has acquired London's Hyde Park Hotel from Granada Group for £86m.
Azlan, the computer products distributor, has acquired Akam International Holding, the Dutch computer training concern, for £30m, in order to speed up its expansion into Europe.
Hickson International has sold its Hickson Manro business to Broomco, a new company that includes some managers from Manro, for £26.5m, as part of its debt reduction programme.
Tarmac and ARC are merging their Midlands quarrying operations into a joint venture called Midland Quarry Products, a move which will result in the mothballing of ARC's Nuneaton and Whitwick quarries.
Great Universal Stores has acquired Experian, the US credit rating and information agency, in a £1.04bn deal.
Cedardata, the commercial software supplier, has acquired Teleconnect Systems, the supplier of call centre management systems, for £4m.
Dominion Resources has announced a £1.3bn agreed takeover bid for East Midlands Electricity, although it is not clear whether the deal will be referred to the Monopolies & Mergers Commission.
Morgan Crucible has acquired EM Corporation, the lubricants supplier, from Great Lakes Chemical Corp for £16m.
Misys has acquired Frustum, the US designer of software that enables banks to monitor activities such as foreign exchange trading, for £37m.
Comet, the electrical retailer, is acquiring Norweb's electricity showrooms for £29m, and is expected to withdraw from about 57 high-street shops in order to avoid conflict with its existing stores.
Clubhaus is acquiring Golf Fund, the owner of golf courses at Lichfield and Leek Wootton, for £12.6m.
Southern Newspapers has bought the South Wales Argus from United News & Media for £31m, a deal which includes 15 titles.
Capital Radio has launched an agreed £57m bid for My Kinda Town, the themed restaurants chain, a move seen as an extension to its Radio Cafe idea.
NatWest Ventures is leading a syndicate of venture capitalists that is buying the Pubmaster chain of 1,680 pubs from Brent Walker for £171m.
Mayflower, the UK automotive engineering concern, is acquiring SCSM, the US automotive body-pressings company, for £101m.
Bodycote International has acquired Bruken, the Swedish heat treatment group, for £57m.
British Airways has won approval to acquire a 67% stake in Air Liberte, the independent French carrier, for £53m.
Bullough has sold Reznor, its industrial heating business, to Thomas & Betts of the US for about £9.7m.
Rank Organisation is to sell its Shearings coach holiday business to a management buy-out, for a price expected to be around £80m.
Ellis & Everard has acquired Chemitrade, the Manchester-based distributor of solvents, for £7.4m.
Dixons, the electrical retailer, has bought DN Computer Services, the mail order computer company, for £9.7m.
British Telecom has announced a £12bn merger with MCI, the US long-distance carrier, in which it is acquiring the remaining 80% stake it does not already own, thus creating a new entity called Concert which will be the world's fourth-largest telecoms company.
Bernard Matthews is acquiring Bernhard Bartsch, the German maker of cooked pork and turkey products, for £5m.
Lawter International of the US is acquiring the resin division of Wolstenholme International for £5.5m.
Molins is acquiring a cartoning and case packing machinery group comprising HJ Langen of Canada and Langenpac of the Netherlands, for about £23m.
Ugland International Holdings, the shipping group, is to acquire the Ugland family's 50% stake in Hoegh-Ugland Auto Lines, the vehicle carrier business, for an initial £99m.
Eurotherm is acquiring Viatran, the US maker of electromechanical pressure transducers, for £6.9m.
Stakis has acquired Metropole Hotels from Lonrho for £327m, adding 2,266 rooms to its existing 5,500.
Emap has bought The Box, a cable TV music channel, from Video Jukebox Network and Ticketmaster of the US for £7.8m.
Hewden Stuart, the construction equipment company, is acquiring Agent Plant from Kvaerner Construction for £9.4m.
NatWest Securities Japan is to acquire Citicorp International Securities' Japanese trading operations, for undisclosed terms.
Pet City Holdings of the UK is to undergo a £140m merger with PetsMart of the US, as the first step in the US pet product retailer's European expansion plans.
Smiths Industries has acquired Leland Electronics, the US maker of electrical power generators, for £19m.
Low & Bonar has acquired two Belgian makers of polypropylene yarns and fabrics - UCO Technical Fabrics and UCO Ostend Netting - for £9m.
S Daniels is acquiring Brash Brothers, the tea and coffee processor, for £1.85m.
Hall Engineering is buying Cardiff Wire from ASW Holdings for up to £5.9m.
Conrad, the leisure group, is to acquire Sheffield United Football Club for £10m.
The Birthdays chain of 330 greetings cards shops has been sold to a consortium of investors for £90m.
Burton, the clothing retailer, has acquired Racing Group, the mail-order concern, for £19m.
The Private Bank & Trust Company of London is acquiring Reads Trust Company, the Jersey-based trust business, for undisclosed terms.
Corporate Services has acquired GWL Holdings, the medical staff agency which trades under the names Medacs and The Recruitment Group, for £12m.
Abbot Group, the oil services company, is acquiring Nabors Europe for £25m in order to expand its development drilling operations.
Cookson is acquiring GRP, the US maker of fused cast refractory materials, for undisclosed terms.
MY Holdings has acquired TWG, the Merseyside packaging concern that makes self-adhesive labels, for £6m.
Smith & Nephew, the healthcare concern, has acquired Yunhab Meditech and ChangMyung, its two South Korean distributors, for £4m.
Inchcape is selling its Bain Hogg insurance broking business to Aon Corp of the US for £160m, having dropped plans to demerge it.
Eliza Tinsley is acquiring Evenwood Engineering and GR Smithson to expand its services to farming and building suppliers, for a combined total of over £5m.
Vacu-Blast Group, the air-blasting and composites machinery concern, has been bought by a management team from BTR for £6m.
NatWest Markets has acquired Hambro Magan, the merchant banking operation, for undisclosed terms.
Albert Fisher, the fresh foods group, is selling its North American distribution business to a management buy-out for £73m.
Case of the US has acquired Fermec, the Manchester-based maker of construction equipment, for undisclosed terms.
Quintiles of the US is to acquire Innovex, the UK pharmaceutical industry consultancy, for £500m.
US Filter has acquired the process equipment division of United Utilities for £125m.
TI Group is planning to acquire Forsheda, the Swedish maker of pipe sealing systems, for £189m, a move which will double the size of TI's polymer engineering business.
Motherwell Bridge's Portman Travel business travel subsidiary has been bought by management for £21m.
Cox Insurance, the Lloyd's insurance company, is to acquire the Christopherson Heath agency for up to £34m.
Camas is acquiring Model Stone, the Minnesota-based ready-mix concrete business, for £19m.
Schroder Ventures has acquired Precision Industries, the maker of measuring equipment, from Rank Organisation for £72m.
Bodycote International has acquired Taussig Associates of Chicago, the operator of metallurgical testing laboratories, for up to $6.1m.
Thermal Engineering International has bought Senior Engineering's thermal engineering business for £28m.
National Publishing, a consortium supported by the Electra Fleming venture capital group, has acquired Her Majesty's Stationery Office (HMSO) for £54m, and will rename it Stationery Office.
Clyde Blowers has acquired two soot-blowing equipment companies from Deutsche Babcock Group for £17m - Bergemann Germany and Bergemann USA.
Circle Communications, the television rights company, is buying Oxford Scientific Films, the maker of wildlife programmes, for £3.8m.
Middlesex Holdings is acquiring Wolff Steel, the international steel trading concern, for £3.8m.
Grand Metropolitan has sold its Pearle Vision chain of optician shops in North America and Europe to Cole National of the US for £140m.
Rank is acquiring the Tom Cobleigh pub group for £96m, and aims to integrate the brand into its other leisure outlets.
Daily Mail & General Trust is acquiring Broadcast Media, the Australian regional radio operator, for £23m.
Premier Oil is to acquire Discovery Petroleum of Australia for £46m, a move which will increase its presence in south-east Asia as well as marking a first step into Australia.
Boots is acquiring Laboratoires Lutsia, the French skincare concern, for £115m, as part of its strategy to develop its over-the-counter healthcare activities.
Premier Oil has acquired Sumatra Gulf Oil, the Indonesian oil and gas concern, from Chevron for $72m.
Bryant is acquiring Admiral Homes, the south-east based housebuilder, for £62m as part of a strategy to increase output to 4,000 homes a year.
Macfarlane Group has acquired Alport Holdings, the maker of polythene film, for £9m.
Adwest has sold three power systems companies for £8m - Abbott Electronics was sold to XCEL Corp of the US, Air-Log went to EIS, and Ross Courtenay Cirencester went to a management buy-out.
FKI has acquired the Hawker Siddeley electric power group from BTR for £182m, and has said it will stop making locomotives at Hawker Siddley's Brush subsidiary in order to focus on products for power generation.
P&O of the UK and Royal Nedlloyd of the Netherlands are to merge their container activities to create a new company with 8,000 staff and 112 container ships.
BTR has sold its controlling stakes in three Taiwanese plastics joint ventures to a consortium comprising Union Petrochemical and USI Far East Corporation, for £191m.
Zellweger Luwa of Switzerland has acquired Neotronics Technology, the analytical instruments concern, for £23m.
Takare is to merge with Court Cavendish to create the TC Group, which will be the biggest company in the care homes sector with a market value of £254m.
Powell Duffryn has sold its UK and South African storage terminals to Koninklijke Van Ommeren of Rotterdam for £16m.
Thomas Cook has acquired Time Off, the city breaks tour operator, for undisclosed terms.
Royal Bank Development Capital has bought P&O Oilfield Services, the supplier of drilling equipment in the North Sea, from Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation for £37m.
Stagecoach Holdings has bought Swebus, the Swedish bus operator, for £116m.
Finelist Group has bought South London Pistons, the engine parts distributor, for £1.9m.
Cirqual is buying Wollaston, the specialist engineer, for up to £11m.
Scottish Radio is to acquire Downtown Radio of Northern Ireland for up to £10m.
Brake Bros is to acquire DRV, the French supplier of chilled and frozen foods, for undisclosed terms.
Unigate has sold its remaining US restaurant businesses to CKE Restaurants for $42m.
Cruden Bay is acquiring Kenton Utilities & Developments for £21m, and will follow it up with further acquisitions as it converts from an investment trust into an engineering services company.
Swiss Reinsurance has acquired Mercantile & General, the reinsurance division of Prudential, for £1.75bn, making it the largest life reinsurer in the world.
4Front has bought Hammer Distribution, the Basingstoke-based distributor of Micropolis and Sony storage products, for £1.8m.
Regent Inns has acquired Crossgate Holdings, the owner of the Muswells chain of bars in the south and snooker and pool bars in the north, for £6.3m.
Compass, the food services concern, is buying the food operations of Service America for £77m, making it the second largest contract caterer in the US.
Bass is acquiring Allied Domecq's 50% stake in Carlsberg-Tetley for £200m, and Carlsberg is putting its 50% stake, as well as £20m, into Bass Brewers in exchange for a 20% stake in the enlarged subsidiary.
Compass, the catering group, is acquiring Service America's dining and vending food service division for $119m.
GWR Group is acquiring the remaining 83% of Classic FM, the national classical radio station, for £71m.
HSBC Gibbs Holdings has sold its Premium Credit operation to a management buy-out called Vendcrown, for £40m plus equity.
HSBC's Marine Midland subsidiary in New York is acquiring First Federal Savings & Loan for £397m.
Card Clear, the credit card fraud prevention company, is acquiring its rival Cardcast for £15.4m so that they can focus on developing the market together.
Plascon of South Africa is acquiring Courtaulds' Taubmans architectural coatings operation in Australia for £17m.
Hearst Corporation of the US has acquired Multilex, the supplier of medical information to the UK healthcare sector, for undisclosed terms.
David S Smith has bought John Dickinson, the envelope maker, from Biber Holdings for £18m.
Costain has sold its Land & Marine pipeline operation to Smit International of the Netherlands for £11m.
Fairey Group is acquiring Fusion UV Systems, the US ultraviolet curing systems company, for £81m.
Sanderson Electronics is buying Alpha Microsystems (Great Britain) from its US parent for £1.4m.
Hodgson Chemicals, the BTP subsidiary, has acquired ICI Surfactants' US-based textile operation for $2.3m.
Financial Objects has acquired Ibis, the Italian banking software concern, for £4m.
Abbey National has acquired Elton Holdings, the contract car leasing concern, for £9.9m.
Rathbone Brothers is acquiring Neilson Cobbold, the Liverpool-based stockbroker, for up to £15.9m.
United Friendly and Refuge Group have announced a £1.46bn merger, creating a major home services insurer with combined assets of £6.5bn.
Reed Elsevier is acquiring Tolley, the tax and legal publisher, for £100m, and is now planning a £2bn acquisition drive concentrated in electronic publishing.
Cowie is acquiring Lathom Van Hire, the vehicle rental concern, for £4.5m.
McKechnie has bought Dzus International, the fastener maker, for £15m.
Thomson Travel Group has acquired Budget Travel, the Irish tour operator, from Granada in a deal thought to be worth up to £19m.
First National Building Society of Ireland has bought The Mortgage Corporation, the UK mortgage lending business, from Salomon Brothers for £53m.
Newsquest Media Group is buying Westminster Press, the regional newspaper business, from Pearson for £305m.
TI Group is buying Alcan Aluminio do Brasil, the refrigeration components company, for £15.5m, in a move which will enable it to use Alcan's advanced evaporator systems.
Stylo has bought the retail and wholesale operations of the Hush Puppies shoe business from Sears for £23m.
European Colour is to buy Tor, the specialist coatings maker, for £13m.
NM Rothschild & Sons has bought Causeway Invoice Discounting for about £5m, in order to improve its banking services.
Brunswick Developments Group has bought the Brighton Marina company from Brent Walker for £9m.
Cowie has bought Drymona, the North East Bus holding company, for £24.5m, making it the second biggest bus operator in the UK.
Whitbread is buying Pelican, the chain of Cafe Rouge and Dome restaurants, for £133m.
Midland Independent Newspapers has bought Newsquest (Midlands North), the publisher of free newspapers and magazines, for £12m.
Inspec is acquiring Shell's Fine Chemicals business for £200m, with the help of a £101m rights issue.
Denham Holdings is buying Carter Penguin, the confectionery business, from Armour Trust for about £4.3m.
Jessop Group, the chain of 70 photographic shops, has undergone a management buy-out backed by NatWest Ventures.
Ascot Holdings, the pubs and hotels group, has agreed to buy Suter, the industrial conglomerate, for £276m, and will later to decide which of Suter's businesses to keep.
Scottish Television is buying Caledonian Publishing, the Scottish newspaper group, for £120m.
Relayfast has bought Western Track Renewals, the British Railways infrastructure concern, for undisclosed terms.
TT Group has bought Lewis & Towers, the Kent-based glass bottle maker, for £3.8m.
Carlton Communications has bought Cinema Media, which controls about 80% of UK cinema advertising, for £58m.
Reckitt & Colman has sold its 80% stake in Globo SA Tintas e Pigmentos, the Brazilian paints and coatings concern, to Bayer for £48m.
T&N has sold AE Turbine Components, the aerospace business, to Precision Castings of Oregon for £41m.
Haden MacLellan has sold Duport Harper Foundries to a management team for £10.4m.
Goldman Sachs of the US is to acquire CINMan, the UK coal industry pension fund manager, in a deal thought to be worth up to £50m.
Heywood Williams is acquiring Mila Beslag, the Danish distributor of components to UK makers of windows and doors, for £34m.
TBI, the property group, is acquiring Belfast International airport for £100m.
Sema Group is buying Syntax Processing, Olivetti's facilities management business, for about £64m.
Siebe has acquired Controlli, the Italian maker of valves and controls, for £9.4m.
T&N is acquiring the US piston rings business of Cummins for undisclosed terms.
BTR has acquired Vogt Valves of Kentucky, the maker of low-pressure valves for process industries, for £20m from Henry Vogt Machine Company.
Mercury Communications has sold Mercury Paging to a US management team for £60m, in order to focus on long-distance telephony and specific business sectors.
Continental Foods, the snacks and drinks business, is undergoing a £16m management buy-out.
British Borneo Petroleum Syndicate has acquired Unocal North Sea Exploration from Unocal International for £15m.
Laporte has disposed of more non-core businesses for a total £23m, including the process chemicals business Gramos, the cleanroon garments operation Countdown Clean Systems, the US pet litter business Waverly Minerals, and its 50% stake in Laporte (Malaysia).
Standard Motor Products of the US has bought Intermotor, the auto electrical components maker, for over £20m.
The Prudential has sold Leven, its Dutch life assurance operation, to Achmea Group for undisclosed terms.
Vodafone is to acquire the remaining two-thirds of Talkland, the service provider, from Compagnie Generale des Eaux of France for £30m.
Guardian Royal Exchange has bought Legal & General's commercial general insurance business for £48m, and hopes to achieve cost savings by merging the business with existing operations.
Unigate is buying Kraft Foods International's UK and Italian margarine business for £77m.
Cantors, the furniture retailer, is to undergo a reverse takeover with Harveys Holdings, the textiles and furniture concern, creating a group with sales of £140m and almost 300 stores.
Whessoe is buying AG Marvac, the supplier of vapour control products to the petrochemical industry, for £2.7m.
Lafarge of France is to buy Ennemix, the quarry company, following a £8.8m recommended bid.
CRH of Dublin has bought Allied Building Products, the US roofing and cladding supplier, for $121m.
Flare Group is to buy Gibbons Refractories, the maker of bricks for kilns, for £4.5m.
Reed Elsevier is linking up with Times Mirror, the US media group, to jointly acquire Shephard's, the legal publisher, for $250m.
MY Holdings has bought Clarke Packaging, the maker of thermoformed containers for food, for £2m.
Meconic is buying Phoenix Chemicals, the contract manufacturer, for up to £12m.
Thomas Cook has acquired Sunworld, the tour operator, from GVI of Spain for a sum thought to be around £38m.
Caspian, the media concern, is acquiring Leeds United Football Club for about £30m.
Pillsbury, the Grand Metropolitan subsidiary, is buying Frescarini, the Brazilian maker of dough and fresh pasta, for undisclosed terms.
Compass is acquiring Professional Food-Service Management, the Florida-based college caterer, for up to $26m.
Cookson Group has bought Camelot Systems, the US electronic components maker, for up to $100m.
Dixon Motors of Hull is acquiring Gordon Plunkett Group, the vehicle parts distributor, for £6m.
ADT, the second hand car and burglar alarm group, is to be acquired by Republic Industries of the US for $5bn.
Brammer has acquired Hamilton Rentals Nederland, the computer hire concern, for up to £6.8m.
Schroder Ventures is acquiring Lister-Petter, the diesel engine subsidiary of BTR, for £80m.
Philips Telecom-PMR, the mobile radio business, has been bought from Philips Electronics by management for £60m.
Dalgety Produce, the potato business, has been bought from Dalgety by management for £14.3m.
Ideal Hardware has bought Kinexus, the TV, film, and multimedia production concern, for £300k in shares.
Boxmore International is acquiring the printing and packaging business of Glaxo Wellcome for £6.3m.
Unigate is buying H Hargrave, the Lincolnshire-based pork processor, for £18m.
Cinven, the venture capital concern, has acquired Routledge, the academic publisher, from Thomson Corporation for £28m.
Priory Hospitals, the acute psychiatric company, has been bought from Community Psychiatric Centers of America by a management buy-out for £88m.
UPF has bought Pioneer, the car exhaust systems maker, for £7.5m.
Formal Group is acquiring Blakes Menswear, which operates mainly in the south east, for up to £4.5m.
Seagate of the US has bought Holistic Systems, the London-based software developer, for £55m.
TransTec is buying BSK, the Midlands-based machinist, for £42m.
ADT of Bermuda is to acquire Automated Security (Holdings), the electronic security concern, for $250m.
McDonnell Information Systems, the computer services concern, is to sell its New Zealand and Australian operations to Continuum Australia for £7m.
International Energy Group of the Channel Islands is to buy Douglas Gas, the Isle of Man-based LPG importer, for £15m.
Cowie Group has acquired British Bus Group, the third largest bus company behind Stagecoach and FirstBus, for at least £282m.
Greene King has acquired the Magic Pub chain of 277 managed pubs for £197m.
Intek Diversified Corp of the US is acquiring Securicor's Radiocoms division, which includes narrowband wireless technology and manufacturing operations, in return for 25m Intek shares.
Renold has acquired Holset Engineering, the coupling maker, from Cummins UK for £3.5m.
Williams Holdings' electronics division, SAIA Burgess Electronics, is being sold to a management buy-out for £71m.
Finelist, the auto parts distributor, has bought Teviot Motor Factors (Hawick) for £2.6m.
Marriott International of the US has bought Russell & Brand, the UK contract caterer, for a price thought to be around £15m.
Harmony Healthcare has acquired the Serene Care Group for £9.5m, thus increasing Harmony's nursing homes from 5 to 12.
Vardon has bought Dynamic Leisure, the health club operator that uses the Archer brand name, for £40m.
Moss Bros has bought Blazer, the chain of 28 casual wear shops, from Storehouse for £7.1m.
Wellman is selling its specialist engineering business to a management buy-in, set up by Candover Partners, for £17.4m.
WH Smith has sold Paperchase, the chain of 12 stationery stores, to management for £1m.
Celltech is selling Celltech Biologicals to Alusuisse-Lonza of Switzerland for £50m.
Standard Platforms Holdings, the computer supplier, is planning a reverse takeover of DSI Data Systems International, which trades as Action Computer Supplies.
Doeflex is acquiring BTP's industrial polymers operation for about £6m.
Partco, the motor parts distributor, is acquiring Serck Marston, which is 70% owned by BTR, for £56m.
Datrontech is buying Connectivity Group, the communications products specialist, for up to £6.4m.
National Westminster Bank is to acquire Greenwich Captital Markets, the US broker based in Connecticut, from Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan for $600m.
Boots is to acquire WH Smith's share in their joint Do It All chain of DIY stores.
Allders, the retailer, has agreed to sell its duty-free business to Swissair for £160m, thus ending the attempt by BAA to buy the business.
Rank Organisation is acquiring full control of the Hard Rock Cafes for $410m, thus gaining a further 13 outlets and 4 franchises.
Medeva is buying some former Fisons businesses from Rhone-Poulenc Rorer for £263m, including Rochester, which is made up of Fison's former US headquarters and ten branded drugs.
Mister Minit of Switzerland is buying 39 Salisburys luggage stores from the Facia Group, which is now in receivership.
Cadbury Schweppes has sold its 51% stake in Coca-Cola & Schweppes Beverages, its soft drinks production joint venture, to Coca-Cola Enterprises for about £700m.
Wyko is acquiring Swan Bearing Factors, the distributor of power transmission components, for up to £4.2m.
Adwest is buying Rearsby, the automotive component maker, for £29m, thus creating a leading player in the manufacture of control cables, clutches and gear parts.
Johnston Press is to buy Emap's regional newspaper business for about £205m, which will give it over 6% of the regional newspaper market.
Unigate is selling its Black-eye Pea restaurant business in the US to DenAmerica for $65m.
Lloyds TSB is to sell Hill Samuel Bank's corporate finance department to Close Brothers for undisclosed terms, with the remainder of the subsidiary being integrated into Lloyds TSB.
W Canning, the speciality chemicals concern, has bought Amco Sari, a company that sells combustion improvement additives in France, for £2.1m.
Clondalkin of Dublin is acquiring Van der Windt, the Dutch packaging concern, from NV Koninklijke for £40m, in order to improve its position in the European flexible packaging market.
Central Transport Rental is to sell its rail wagon leasing operation to management for £27m.
Kewill Systems has bought Scott-Anglia Holdings and its Meadowhouse Bar-Laser subsidiary, which provides EDI systems to retailers, for £3.3m.
Kalamazoo Computer Group has conditionally agreed to buy the European automotive dealer systems operations of Datapoint Corp of the US for $33m.
Euclidian, the Lloyd's investment company, is to buy Indemnity Insurance Services for an initial £1.8m.
Ellis & Everard is acquiring Giltrain Plastics, the Yorkshire-based supplier of polymers, for £4.15m.
Go-Ahead Group is buying London General, the bus operator, for £46m.
API is buying Learoyd Group, the specialist film and packaging producer, for up to £22m.
Carnell has acquired Columbus, the travel publisher, for £14m and also plans to buy Bleeding Edge Publications, the video magazine publisher.
Jarvis is buying Northern Infrastructure Maintenance Company from the British Railways Board, for £9m.
Enterprise Inns is buying John Labatt (UK), the pubs business of Belgium's Interbrew, for £51m - a move which will double its size to over 1,000 pubs.
Hillsdown Holdings is buying Continental Bakeries, the European biscuit maker, from Allied Domecq for £49m.
Western Star Trucks Holdings of Canada is to acquire ERF Holdings, the last UK-owned heavy trucks maker, for £27.4m.
Centeon, the US-based joint venture between Hoechst and Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, is to buy Delta Biotechnology, the Nottingham-based maker of human proteins, from BOC for £30m.
Kingston Communications has bought out Yorkshire Electricity's 50% stake in their Torch Telecom joint venture for £24m.
Clyde Petroleum is to buy Crusader, the Australian exploration concern, for £91m.
Williams Holdings has bought the Sicli Group, the French fire protection and rescue vehicle concern, for £175m.
British Aerospace Australia is to buy the armoured vehicle operation of Shorts for undisclosed terms.
British Aerospace is forming a joint venture with Lagardere Group of France called Matra BAe Dynamics, which will be the biggest missile maker in Europe.
Stakis is acquiring LivingWell Health and Leisure, the chain of five health clubs, for £19.8m.
Beazer Homes has bought Charles Church, the housebuilder, from the Royal Bank of Scotland for £36m.
Warburtons, the bakery group, is selling its retail and pie manufacturing businesses to Lyndale Foods, a management buy-in, for undisclosed terms.
Hall Engineering is selling its metal stockholding operation to Hallco 68, a newly-formed company, for £21m.
FirstBus is acquiring Strathclyde Buses for £110m, making it the UK's largest bus company.
Guardian Royal Exchange has set up a new company, Spring Inns, to buy about 1,400 pubs from Inntrepreneur Pub Company for £262m.
Compass Group is buying Roberts Catering and Payne & Gunter, the sports catering businesses, for £6.5m.
Norcros has bought four adhesives businesses from BTR for £27m - Dunlop Adhesives, and the remaining stakes in Building Adhesives, TAL, and Australian Building Adhesives.
BASF is buying Zeneca's textile colours operation for up to £150m, which includes sites in Ellesmere Port, Brazil and North Carolina.
Stanley Leisure is acquiring Gus Carter, the Sunderland-based chain of bookmakers, for £14.7m.
Midlands Electricity has agreed to a £1.73bn takeover bid from Avon Energy, a company set up by General Public Utilities of New Jersey and Cinergy of Cincinnati.
Rubicon Group's aluminium alloys operation has been bought by management for £7.4m.
Dragon Oil of Dublin is planning a reverse takeover of Larmag Energy Assets, funded by a £50m placement.
CRH has expanded its US building materials business with a number of acquisitions - Ritangela of NY state, Brooks Products, and Foster and Southeastern of Massachusetts.
Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance are planning a £6bn merger to form Royal & Sun Alliance, a deal which could result in 5,000 job losses.
Liberty Publishing, the media subsidiary of Harrods, has bought Viva Radio, the radio station for women, for £3m.
Geest has sold its Necta prepared pineapple operation, which has a factory in Costa Rica, to Pacific Asia Technologies, for up to $6.7m.
Omnipack has acquired four companies from Wassall for £11.5m - MCG Rosslite, MCG Graphics, MCG Containers & Closures and Gilchrist Brothers.
National Home Loans has bought RCR Contract Hire & Leasing, the vehicle contract hire business based in Coventry, for £7.5m.
Abbey National is acquiring Wagon Finance, the used car financing business, from United News & Media for £121m.
CL Marsden Wafers of Wigan has been bought by a management buy-in team and will be renamed Rivington Foods.
Hanson has sold its Seven Seas vitamin supplements business to Merck of Germany for £150m.
Cornhill Insurance has acquired Pet Plan, the animal health insurer, for £32.5m.
Bupa has bought back 30 nursing homes from Greenalls, the pub company, for £68m.
General Accident is buying two German companies for £61m from UAP of France - UAP Allgemeine, a general insurer, and UAP International Leben, a life insurer.
Guardian Royal Exchange is buying the RAC's insurance broking business for £68m, and the business will become part of Guardian Direct but will continue to use the RAC name.
PressTech Controls, the maker of control equipment for the printing sector, has been sold to management by Harnischfeger Industries of the US for £9m.
Walkers Snack Foods has sold Planters Nuts to a management buy-in team, as Walkers wants to concentrate on core brands.
Virgin Group has bought 90% of Euro Belgian Airlines for £38m and will use the acquisition to help it reduce the cost of air travel in Europe.
Marley has sold its 50% stake in Davidson Marley, the Dutch maker of automotive instrument panels, to Davidsons Overseas Investment for £28m.
Siebe is acquiring ERO Electronic, the Milan-based controls maker, for £18.5m.
Ibstock has bought Redland's UK bricks business for £160m, giving it 35% of the market.
The Co-operative Bank is pulling out of fund management with the sale of CIM to Colonial Group of Australia for undisclosed terms.
BPB Industries, the plasterboard maker, is buying the remaining 80% of Borgardts, the German maker of gypsum plasters, for £21m.
Halifax Building Society is buying 33 estate agency offices from the Alliance & Leicester for undisclosed terms.
Marshalls has sold Marshalls Hard Metals, Halco Drilling, Marshalls Drilling and Halifax Tool Company to a management buy-in for £16m.
ARC, the Hanson subsidiary, has bought Boral Edenhall, the Cumbrian-based concrete blocks company, from Boral of Australia for £24m.
BTR has sold Plascoat International and Plascoat Coatings, its plastics processing operations, to a management buy-out for £30m.
Adare Printing of Ireland has bought Prontaprint, the chain of 250 design and print centre franchises, for £23m.
TIP Europe, the GE Capital Services division, has bought Smith Self Drive, the truck rental company, for £45m.
Metal Bulletin has acquired a 49% stake in Sea.Net, the provider of shipping information on the internet, for £1.2m.
Smiths Industries is acquiring Air Movement, the ventilation equipment concern, for £47m, and Adaptaflex, the conduits maker, for £21m.
Sears has sold Hoogenbosch Beheer, the Dutch shoe retailer with 308 outlets, to a management buy-out for £47m.
Amec has acquired South West Infrastructure Maintenance Company, the ex-British Rail track maintenance company which operates between London, Exeter and Hastings, for £11m.
WH Smith has sold its Niceday stationery supply business to Guilbert of France for £142m.
Securitised Endowment Contracts, the financial services company, is buying two independent financial advisors - IFA Network and IFA Network Services.
Norcros has sold PP Payne, the packaging business, to Bunzl for £43.4m, as part of its plan to sell off its print and packaging operations.
Kwik-Fit has acquired an additional 45 outlets by buying three companies for £12.3m - Autospeed Tyre & Exhaust Centres, Manor Tyre Group, and Ebley Tyre Services.
ED&F Man Group has bought a majority of the assets of Ravioli, the Polish processor of edible nuts and cocoa beans, for £3.7m.
Compass has won shareholder support to acquire a controlling stake in Eurest France, the French contract caterer.
Redland has sold its European roof tiles operation to Braas, its German subsidiary, for £220m cash and at the same time increases its stake in Braas from 50.76% to 56.5%.
British Aerospace has acquired AWA Defence Industries of Australia for £27.6m.
The Bank of Ireland is buying the Bristol & West building society for £600m, which is expected to keep its own brand with no job losses.
Hardy Oil & Gas has sold Hardy USA to a subsidiary of Enron for £118m in order to cut borrowings, acquire new assets and expand existing interests.
CGA Direct, the insurance broker, has been bought by management from Oriel Group for £20m.
Waterfall Holdings is to buy First Leisure's nine snooker and pool clubs for over £6.5m.
Parkland Foods, the supplier of foods to convenience stores, has bought Dutch Oven, the baker based in Rowley Regis.
Ericsson is buying out Vodafone's share of Orbitel Mobile Communications, their mobile equipment manufacturing joint venture, for undisclosed terms.
Magnet has bought Allerton Glass, the double glazing concern, from Polypipe for £7m.
Infogrames Entertainment of France is buying Ocean International, the UK-based computer games concern, in a deal worth about $100m which will result in one of the five biggest such companies in the world.
Sega of Japan has acquired JPM, the gaming machines supplier, for undisclosed terms, in anticipation of a relaxation of gaming rules this summer.
Mercury Taverns is buying Saxon Inns, the pub operator, from the administrators for £3.6m.
Devro International, the maker of sausage casings, is selling its Devro America business to Nitta Gelatin of Japan for $26m.
Eurocamp, the tour operator, is buying Tesh Travels GmbH and Tesh Travels AG, its agents in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, for £6.3m.
John Cleland, the packaging maker based in Ulster, is undergoing a management buy-out from IWP International for £16m.
Queensborough Holdings is acquiring Pleasureworld, OLP Holdings and Loreca, which run fairground rides and caravan sites, funded by a £10m cash call.
Cadbury Schweppes' Trebor Bassett subsidiary is acquiring Craven Keiller, the boiled sweets and popcorn company, from Portfolio Foods.
Sato Corporation is buying Nor Systems, the maker of hand-held price marking systems, from Norcros for £21.5m.
Siebe is to acquire Unitech, the electronic controls concern, for £520m, thus creating the world's largest company in the sector.
Regal Hotels has bought the White Hart chain from Granada for £122m.
Stakis has bought the International Casino in Gibraltar for £5.5m.
United Industries is buying Helical Spring, the Lancashire spring maker, for £950k.
KPN, the Dutch telecoms concern, has bought Coventry Cable from Caledonian Media Communications for £24m.
Rackwood Mineral Holdings, the coal company, is to buy Cory Coal, the coal distributor, for £2m, and DS Supplies, the opencast mining company, for £1.9m.
Enron Europe has bought ICI's 50% share in their joint venture, Teesside Gas Transportation, for an undisclosed sum.
Unit Press, the underseat mechanisms maker, has been sold by Calderburn to a management buy-out for £7m.
The Newton Group, the independent investment house, has bought the asset management operation of Hogg Robinson Financial Services for an undisclosed sum.
Sea Containers of Bermuda is to acquire Isle of Man Steam Packet Company, the ferry operator, for £47m.
Readymix has bought RMC Catherwood, which operates in Scotland, the north of Ireland and the Isle of Man, for £23m.
S Daniels, the food ingredients concern, is acquiring Johnsons Fresh Products, the orange juice distributor, for £6.6m, and may follow it up with further acquisitions.
International CableTel is acquiring NTL, the IBA transmission operation, for £235m, in a move which should enable it to become a major force in telecommunications.
Datrontech, the computer component distributor, has bought Summit Peripherals, the computer storage distributor, for £1.6m.
Motorhouse, the car retailer, is undergoing a £32m management buy-out, in which NatWest Ventures will get a 25% stake.
HP Bulmer is buying Inch's, the privately-owned third biggest cider maker in the UK, for £23m.
Halifax is acquiring Clerical Medical, the life assurer, for £800m, which should enable it to use independent advisers for the sale of pensions, life assurance and investments.
Burmah Castrol has sold its Swedish service station business to Norsk Hydro Olje for £24m.
Royal Packaging Industries Van Leer has bought Lee Plastona from John Waddington for about £4.5m cash plus £3m inventory.
Global Group is buying Express Caterers for an initial £850k.
Morgan Grenfell Development Capital has bought CGA, the household and motor insurance telebroker, from Oriel for £12m.
Louis Dreyfus, the French commodities concern, has bought Anderson Clayton, the Brazilian oil miller, from Unilever for undisclosed terms.
Magna International of Canada is acquiring most of Marley's automotive components operations for £53m, including Marley Automotive Components in the UK, Karl Fels of Germany and its stake in a joint venture with Kansei of Japan.
CRH of Dublin is buying The Jack B Parson Companies, the quarry business with operations in Utah, Nevada and Idaho, for $87m.
Thomas Walter, the printed circuit board company, has been sold to management for £16m.
Symonds Engineering is acquiring Zlin, the printed circuit board company, for £11.5m.
Hillsdown Holdings' HL Foods subsidiary is to buy the UK canning operations of Groupe Danone's HP Foods, including the North Walsham factory but not the HP Sauce brand.
SIG is buying two German insulation product distributors - WKT for £39m, and a 50% stake in Golinski Group for £7.5m with an option to buy the remaining 50%.
Elan of Ireland has announced a $600m merger with Athena Neurosciences, the Californian biotechnology concern.
Skyepharma plans to raise £140m on the market to acquire Jago Holdings, the Swiss drug delivery concern.
Chesterton International has bought back the Chestertons Residential estate agency business in London from Woolwich Building Society for £8m.
British Steel has bought British Rail's Castleton Long Welded Rail and Track Works, meaning that about a third of the railway industry by turnover has been sold off.
Rexam, the printing and packaging concern, is selling three non-core operations: Opax, the lottery ticket maker, Victor, the colour masterbatch maker, and Rexam Performance Products, the US coated films concern.
Yorkshire Food is to sell Scotia Group, its home baking business, to Hallco 63, part of a venture capital group, leaving it to focus on its Californian produce operations.
Facia is acquiring the chain of 110 Bata shoe shops in Germany, its first move into continental Europe.
Haden MacLellan has bought IFS, the industrial fasteners concern, for £12m, in order to increase its presence in the north of England.
Britton Group has bought Packbourne, the polythene film converter, for £5.6m.
SeaPerfect, the scallop and clam farmer, is expected to be sold to its largest shareholder, Mr Carlos Celle, to avoid liquidation.
British Rail is selling the Central Infrastructure Maintenance Company to GT Railway Maintenance and also it is selling Western Infrastructure Maintenance to Amey Railways.
IRG is buying Allied Radio, which covers Reigate, Crawley and Manchester, for £4.5m.
FirstBus is to buy Greater Manchester Buses North for £47m and Portsmouth Transit for £5.2m.
Simon Engineering has sold SPT, Robertson Research Australia and Robertson Research International, as well as stakes in two Indonesian joint ventures, to Robertson Research Holdings, a company 49.9% owned by Simon Engineering Finance.
Zeneca has sold its speciality inks business to Sun Chemical for £40m and is discussing the sale of its textile dyes operation.
Burtonwood Brewery is buying Cafe Inns' interest in their Vantage Inns joint venture, which has 54 pubs.
Fishers Intl, the financial services concern, is buying Robert Bishop (Southern), the claims management company, and Miller Knight, the loss adjuster, for a maximum £3m.
Lynx Holdings is acquiring Tesoft, the Spanish automotive software concern, for £6.4m.
McKechnie has acquired Plexicor Australia, the thermoforming and painting concern, for £14m.
Inspec has acquired a polyimide fibres operation from Lenzing of Austria for £5.7m.
Tesco is buying Kmart's Czech and Slovak outlets for £77m, including seven department stores in Slovakia and six in the Czech Republic.
Marks & Spencer is selling its 85-strong Canadian chain of D'Allaird's stores to Comark, and its Canadian strategy will now be to replicate its successful UK format.
Millets Leisure, the chain of outdoor clothes and camping equipment shops, has been bought from Sears in a management buy-out, for about £17m.
ICI is buying Bunge, the South American paints concern, for $390m, its first major acquisition in South America.
IBM is buying Data Sciences, the computer services spin-off from Thorn EMI, for £95m, which means that the company's planned stock market flotation has been cancelled.
British Polythene Industries has bought Bibby & Baron, the paper and polythene bags concern, for £7.4m.
Johnson & Higgins, the US insurance broker, has bought Corporate Risk, the Scottish broker, as it attempts to become the leader in large accounts for UK plcs.
VDC is buying ProCare, the dental equipment concern, from Enviromed for about £4m.
GWR of Swindon is buying Prospect, the New Zealand radio business with 12 stations, for £11.6m.
Cowie has bought County Bus Holdings from National Express for £8.6m.
Storehouse is acquiring Children's World, the 56-strong chain, from Boots for £62m and will integrate it with Mothercare.
McDonnell Information Systems has sold International Banking Systems to Management Technology, the US banking software concern, in a deal worth about $3m.
Ascot Holdings is selling 251 pubs to Mayfair Taverns, a management buy-out team, for £29m.
Pilkington's Tiles, the wall tiles and durable floors company, has been bought from BTR by management for £21m, and has plans to expand in the US, Hong Kong, China, the Middle East and the Netherlands.
Quadramatic is paying up to £10.2m to acquire Controls and Automation, the temperature controllers manufacturer.
Bristol & West, the building society, is withdrawing from estate agencies with the sale of its remaining Hamptons branches to a company created by NatWest Ventures and Cluttons Residential Estate Agency, for £3.8m.
Sema Group is acquiring Datashield, the computer disaster recovery concern, from Sogeris.
Torex Hire, the tool hire company, is acquiring Smart Terminals, the developer of computer-based management systems for retailers, for £4.8m.
Weyrad Electronics has been bought from Racal Electronics by a management buy-in team for £3m.
The catering division of Sims Food Group has been bought by a management buy-in buy-out team.
Time and Data Systems International, the card-based payment systems company, has been bought by management for £3.5m.
National Westminster Bank is acquiring Gartmore, the fund management concern which was 75% owned by Banque Indosuez, for £472m.
Finelist is acquiring Edmunds of Bridgend, the Welsh automotive parts distributor, for £450k.
Independent Insurance Group is to buy Safom, the French insurance underwriting agency.
Siebe is selling Barber-Colman Motors, its US electrical motors operation, to Jordan Industries for £13m.
The Second Pub Estate Company is buying Go-Ahead Leisure, which runs 22 pubs in the north east, from Go-Ahead Group for about £3.2m.
Unilever has made an agreed bid of $770m for Helene Curtis, the US personal products company.
Unilever is acquiring Consorcio Agro Industrial de Malloa, the Chilean food manufacturing group that is the leading tomato paste producer, for £66m.
Bausch & Lomb of the US has acquired Award, the Scottish maker of disposable contact lenses, for an undisclosed sum.
Lowndes Lambert is acquiring Blackwall Group, the holding company for Blackwall Green the insurance broker, for up to £10m.
GEI International has bought Turbo Systems, the maker of process machinery for the food industry, from United Industries for £2m.
Associated Newspapers has acquired a majority stake in the PeopleBank on-line recruitment agency, which claims to save employers 90% of the costs associated with finding new staff.
P&P is selling Principal Distribution, the computer peripherals and software distributor, to a "buy-in management buy-out", for an undisclosed sum.
Britton Group has bought Polylope, the polythene envelopes maker, and Transrap, the converter of film into packaging, from Sidlaw for about £1.5m.
BTR is to buy GenCorp's anti-vibration business in the US for $100m, as a step towards becoming a global company in auto components.
United Breweries is acquiring Marr Holdings, the operator of 134 pubs in the south of England, and the new business will be renamed Inn Business Group.
Pearson is buying Harper Collins' educational publishing activities for $580m.
United News and Media has announced a £3bn merger with MAI, bringing together a wide range of media activities but expected to bypass restrictions on media ownership.
Telecom Sciences Corporation, a new company, has bought Philips' Scottish telecoms equipment activities.
Wimpey and Tarmac have completed a deal to swap Wimpey's quarrying and contracting operations for Tarmac's housebuilding.
Haden MacLellan, the engineering concern, has bought Brandt Filtration Group of Atlanta, Georgia, for $3m.
Liverpool Victoria is acquiring Frizzell, the insurance concern, from Marsh & McLennan of New York for £188m.
Morgan Crucible has bought a 80% stake in Magna Industrial Company, the Hong Kong-based speciality chemicals concern.
Klinge Pharma has bought Ribosepharm, Medeva's cancer products business in Germany, for £54m.
Inspec has acquired a speciality chemical company in the US with plants in Arizona and Kansas, for $29m from Allied Signal.
Johnson Matthey is buying Cray Research's US printed circuit boards operation for $40m.
Quicks, the Manchester-based motor distributor, is buying Premier Parts of Leeds and Chester for £2.1m.
Kewill Systems has bought Process Computing, the warehouse management systems company, for £3.1m.
Unilever has bought a 75% stake in Lyons Irish Holdings, the tea company, from Allied Domecq for £74m.
Compagnie Financiere SFAC of France is to acquire Trade Indemnity, the credit insurer, for £177m.
Allied Domecq is to sell Chacalli de Decker, the duty-free operation based in Antwerp, to Seabourne World Express.
Roxboro Group has acquired Pressure Systems, the US instrumentation company, for £4.9m.
Harrisons & Crosfield has acquired Daniel Products, the US maker of chemicals for coatings, for $30m.
Ashtead Group, the plant hire concern, is acquiring Leada Acrow, which rents construction equipment in the UK and Ireland, for £16m and McLean of the US for £20m.
Oxford Molecular, the developer of software for the drugs industry, has bought three US companies - Chemical Informatics, MacVector and Health Designs.
Hay Hall Group has bought three engineering businesses from TI - TI Desford Tubes, Hollow Extrusions and TI Matrix Engineering.
Carlton Communications has bought SelecTV, the cable channel, for £5.2m, but will put its holding into a "dead-locked" company to avoid breaching broadcasting rules.
Tomkins has bought Gates Rubber, the US auto components concern, for $1.4bn.
Westdeutsche Landesbank Girozentrale of Germany is acquiring Panmure Gordon, the London stockbroker, for about £30m.
Stagecoach Holdings is buying another bus company - GM Buses South, the Manchester bus operator, for £41m - but now plans to concentrate on rail franchises.
Ascot Holdings is selling its Spanish hotels business to Riu for £42m.
Siemens Nixdorf has bought ICL's medical business for £15m, which should give it 25% of the health care market.
Kerry Group has bought Ciprial, the French maker of fruit-based food ingredients, for £52m.
Hampson Industries is to buy Brookside Metal Company for £5.8m so that it will rely less on the automotive sector.
Granada has finally gained control of Forte, and is immediately looking to sell Forte's luxury hotels.
Tractebel of Belgium is looking at possible acquisitions in the UK, prompting rumours that it may be looking at Midlands Electricity.
Inishtech, the Dublin-based packaging and paper concern, has acquired Meridian Printing and Elite Colour Group, both of the US, for $13m.
WS Atkins is acquiring Faithful & Gould, the Cleveland quantity surveyors, for £21m.
Farnell Electronics is buying Premier Industrial Corp, the US electronics distributor, for $2.8bn.
Lookers is buying Charles Hurst, the Northern Ireland motor distributor with franchises for Rover, Renault and Nissan.
Stagecoach has bought Devon General and Bayline, the Devon bus companies with 320 vehicles, for up to £16.1m.
Fenner has acquired Wiechmann Technische Ijzerhandel's power transmission distribution business in the Netherlands.
Break for the Border Group is buying the Gaiety companies, thus gaining the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin.
Unichem is poised to acquire Lloyds Chemists for £480m, which would create the leading pharmacy chain and drugs wholesaler in the UK.
Fairey Group is acquiring Particle Measuring Systems, the US contamination equipment concern, for $75m.
Sema Group has bought Goya Services Telematicos, the Spanish internet provider.
BTR Packaging's ACI Rockware unit has bought Labplas (UK).
Bryan Donkin's gas controls activities have been sold by Hopkinsons Group to RMG Regel & Messtechnik of Germany.
Pearson Professional is acquiring Data Management Services and The Magazine Business.
McKechnie has bought Thompson, the US wheel trim maker, for £32m.
Abbott Mead Vickers has bought Fishburn Hedges Boys Williams, the corporate communications concern, for up to £15m.
Matthew Clark has bought Dunn & Moore, the Scottish delivered wholesale concern, for an initial £3.7m.
The Jackswood chain of five garden centres has been bought by Wyevale Garden Centres for £2.78m.
PolyGram is acquiring the PDO compact disc production plant in Blackburn from Philips.
Hillsdown has bought Nager Holdings, which gives it 91% of Hobson, the food and drink concern.
Charles Baynes has bought Amsco, the US valves maker, for $8m.
Heinz has acquired Britwest, the Telford-based maker of single-serve condiments and drinks.
Stateside Foods has acquired St Christopher Foods pizza business, and will transfer production from Skipton to Bolton.
Wisconsin Central Transportation has acquired the three British Rail Trainload Freight businesses for £225m.
Bull UK & Ireland has bought a majority stake in Cara Group, the Irish computer services concern.
ICI Explosives is acquiring a 51% stake in Ibernobel of Spain.
Global Group is buying Mawbeef Manufacturing, the Birmingham meat products company, and Ravencrown, the frozen food distributor.
John Fyfe, Bardon Group's Scottish concrete products maker, has acquired about £1m of assets from Robert Paterson Precast of Airdrie.
CRH is expanding its US masonry products business and has also bought Grillo Bausysteme, the German rooflight maker, and Vebofoam, the Belgian polystyrene insulation concern.
Vibroplant is selling its American Hi-Lift business to Primeco for $69m.
Biocompatibles International is acquiring Atlantis Catheter Company, the maker of balloon angioplasty products, for up to $21m.
Kleinwort Benson has bought most of SBC Warburg's leasing finance and advisory business.
Allen has bought the Rentall tool-hire company for £1.5m.
Xyratex of Hampshire has sold its flexible circuit division to Adflex Solutions of the US for $56m.
British Polythene Industries has acquired Zedcor, the Oxfordshire-based polythene supplier, for £3.5m.
Courtaulds is selling Courtaulds Film Cellophane, the packaging film business, to UCB of Belgium for £15m.
BTR is buying Metalurgica Carto, the Brazilian motor parts maker.
Ellis & Everard has acquired George Mann, the US distributor of caustic soda, bleach and chlorine, and Surphos Chemicals, the Benelux surfactants and phosphates distributor.
Brent Chemicals has sold its industrial chemicals activities in Asia to Chemetall, as part of its simplification programme.
BOCM Pauls plans to buy Usborne's pig production operation for £7.4m.
Grafton Group of Dublin has bought RJ Johnson & Co, the Oxford builders merchant, and PPS Structural Services, the Scottish mortar business.
Life Assurance Holding is acquiring Lifetime Assurance's UK activities.
ADT has sold off its vehicle auctions activities in the UK and Europe to management for £216m.
Stroud & Swindon Building Society is acquiring City & Metropolitan, with C&M members likely to get bonuses of up to £2,500.
Albert E Sharp is acquiring Brown Shipley, the stockbroking and personal equity plan operation, from Guinness Peat for £7m.
BTR has sold its minority stake in Titan, the Malaysian petrochemical concern, for £89m.
Unigate has acquired the Lovell bacon business from Booker for £20.2m.
Calor Group is acquiring a 49% stake in the Brazilian LPG distributor, Supergasbras Distribuidora de Gas.
Hickson International has sold Hickson Kerley, the US performance chemical operation, to Tessenderlo of Belgium.