High-yield issuance hits new peak in Europe

European high-yield issuance last year reached a record high of EUR42 billion, exceeding 2005's volume by 61%, according to Fitch Ratings. Debt-funded acquisitions, liquidity in the credit market and low default rates were responsible for the rise. The previous annual record for high-yield issuance was 2004's figure of EUR29.3 billion.

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