LBO growth inflates fears of bubble

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Levels of US leveraged buyout (LBO) volumes hit a record high of $106.9 billion in the 12 months leading to the end of the first quarter, up from $93.9 billion in 2004, according to Standard & Poor’s—and the frenetic pace has worried some analysts.

In the first quarter of 2005, the market experienced some of the largest deals since the buyout boom of the 1980s. Recent deals have included the $11.3 billion acquisition of software giant SunGard Data Systems by a consortium of seven private equ

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