From Dealbook Excerpts
At $281 billion, U.S. private equity deals have more than tripled from a year ago, boosted by the recent buyouts of Alltel, First Data and others.
In the United States, leveraged buyouts account for 35 percent of all activity, up from about 16 percent last year.
Total merger-and-acquisition volume so far this year is $2.18 trillion, 77 percent above last year at this time. In the U.S., volume is at $802 billion, up 54 percent. In Europe, volume is up 129 percent, at $983.6 billion
This year-on-year comps are coming on another HUGE year in 2006. When does this trend line stop??