LONDON (Reuters) - Dealmaking in the United States has made its strongest start to a year since Reuters records began in 1980, climbing 52 percent year on year to $746.9 billion in the Jan. 1 to May 28 period.
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity was boosted this week when Charter Communications (CHTR.O) said it would acquire larger rival Time Warner Cable TWC.N for $56 billion and Avago Technologies (AVGO.O) agreed to buy rival chipmaker Broadcom Corp BRCM.O for $37 billion.
The Time Warner deal also propelled cable M&A up 42 percent year on year to $97.2 billion.
Global M&A activity is up 35 percent from the same period in 2014, with $1.7 trillion of deals having been struck.
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Reporting By Anjuli Davies; Editing by David Goodman