In a reversal of its previous hostility to the idea, Anheuser-Busch is in active talks to sell itself to the Belgian brewer InBev in a friendly deal, people briefed on the matter said. InBev has raised its offer to $70 a share, more than the $65 it had originally offered, a person close to the talks said on Friday.
A deal could be announced as soon as Monday, these people said, though they cautioned that the talks might still break down. Shares in InBev rose as much as 5.2 percent to 43.60 euros after The New York Times first reported the news in its Friday edition.
In striking an agreement, Anheuser risks a political backlash from the growing number of hometown politicians and customers who had supported the company in its efforts to remain independent.
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past tense: binned; past participle: binned
The Times looked at Google's role in the failed deal talks, describing it as "both unwitting matchmaker and self-interested spoiler." Separately, there were reports that while Yahoo and Google recently appeared close to a deal, things seems to have cooled recently. Go to Article from The New York Times»
- Not knowing; unaware: an unwitting subject in an experiment.
- Not intended; unintentional: an unwitting admission of guilt.
[Middle English : un-, not; see un–1 + witting, present participle of witten, to know (from Old English witan).]unwittingly un·wit'ting·ly adv.
verb [T] struck, struck
to reach or make an agreement:
Do you think the government should try to strike a deal with the terrorists?