Corporate Breakups: The Hot New Growth Strategy

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Last week, Dean Foods, the largest U.S. dairy company, announced it was breaking up by splitting off its organic WhiteWave division. It turned out to be management’s best move in quite some time. The company’s stock jumped 35 percent on the news, Dean’s biggest single-day increase since it began trading 16 years ago.

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