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And it appears sales prices are starting to come into alignment for the acquirers, as well. "People I never thought would sell are selling at extremely favorable prices," wrote another respondent.
While the survey respondents listed above were both in industrial segments, news from the past week shows that the gates have opened across the sectors. Here are just a few of the deals we've reported on:
DXP Enterprises expanded its presence in safety products with the acquisition of Mid-Continent Safety.
Applied Industrial also grew in Canada with the acquisitions of two distributors in Quebec.
Switzerland-based ABB announced it would acquire Thomas & Betts.
With the increase in M&A activity, consolidation once again has become a key concern for many distributors, and if the pace continues to grow, the market may indeed have a very different look in a couple years.
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