Deal activity across the Midlands region has remained "relatively static" in 2018, according to the latest M&A report and League Tables from Experian.
Some 977 deals were announced across the region in 2018 - just 1% less than the 987 posted in 2017.
The total is also just over 4% less than the 1,020 recorded in 2016 but remains higher than all other yearly totals in the last decade.
Overall, total deal value fell by 1.8% to £18.2bn, but is 35% higher than the 2016 total despite the slightly lower volumes.
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