July 31, 2013 / 2:10 AM / 4 years ago

Accenture in talks to acquire rival Booz & Co: WSJ

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Management consulting firm Accenture Plc (ACN.N) is in talks to acquire rival Booz & Co, a deal that would beef up its strategy and operations consulting services, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, February 26, 2013. REUTERS/Albert Gea

Acquisition-hungry Accenture has this year announced it would be acquiring London-based global service design consultancy Fjord and digital marketing company Acquity Group as well as Mortgage Cadence, a loan origination software company.

Representatives for Accenture were not available for comment after normal business hours. A spokeswoman for Booz & Co said the firm does not address market or media speculation pertaining to it.

Accenture has about 266,000 employees worldwide and net revenues of $27.9 billion for the fiscal year ended August 31, 2012, the company’s website said.

Booz & Co has over 3,000 employees globally, according to information on the company’s website. It ended discussions of a possible merger with A.T. Kearney, another management consulting firm, in July 2010.

Accenture cut its full-year outlook last month, citing a pullback in spending by its consulting business clients, after reporting third-quarter revenue below analysts’ estimates.

Reporting by Sam Forgione; Editing by Edwina Gibbs

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