July 15, 2016 / 2:42 AM / 3 years ago

Xerox rejects RR Donnelley merger proposal: WSJ

The logo of Xerox company is seen on a building in Minsk, Belarus, March 21, 2016. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

(Reuters) - Xerox Corp (XRX.N) privately rejected a bid to merge its document business with financial printing firm RR Donnelley & Sons Co RRD.O, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Norwalk, Connecticut-based Xerox has drawn some interest in potential deals since announcing plans in January to split into two businesses, the Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

RR Donnelley, which is also in the process of breaking up, proposed that its executives take control of the combined operations, and sought several hundred million dollars in new cost cuts, the newspaper reported.

Xerox declined to comment while RR Donnelley was not available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.

Reuters reported Monday, citing sources, that Xerox has been in talks to acquire RR Donnelley, but the companies still had significant issues to negotiate and a deal was not imminent.

Reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bengaluru; Editing by Sunil Nair

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