Behind the Buyout Bust

A new Dealogic report puts the recent decline of the buyout market in cold, hard numbers, but analysts are cautiously optimistic

The buyout market went into a stunning decline in the third quarter of 2007. The value of deals by private equity firms tumbled 68% from the second quarter as a liquidity crisis all but wiped out the credit that makes such deals possible, according to a report on Sept. 27 from researcher Dealogic.

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