Although 2012 began strong, global economic uncertainty and a drop in commodity prices led to a marked slowdown in merger and acquisitions (M&A) in the mining industry in the first half of 2012. This has led to one of the more subdued deal-making years in recent history.
Global mining M&A deal volume fell more than 30% in the first half of 2012 to 939 transactions, as compared with 1,371 transactions for the same period in 2011. The total value of deals for the first six months of 2012 was $77.4 billion, slightly higher than $70.9 billion for the same period a year earlier.
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