FIGURES Six-year high for manufacturing M&A

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The number of deals involving Yorkshire-based manufacturing firms reached its highest level for six years, according to a new report.

They were the target of 28 deals during the third quarter of 2014, a 27 per cent increase on the previous quarter. The total for the year so far is 69, says Experian, just three behind the whole of 2013.

This increase, the fourth consecutive quarterly rise, resulted in the Yorkshire region increasing its national share of manufacturing M&A activity to 12.4%. Although this represents an uplift compared to the previous three quarters, the region’s share was below that of the South West and the North West.