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Bond Sales Globally Reach Busiest January After Record Year

Sales of corporate bonds from the U.S. to Europe and Asia are accelerating, marking their busiest January ever following record issuance in 2012, as borrowers seek to lock in yields at about record lows.

Berkshire Hathaway Inc., the investment firm run by Warren Buffett, and Fairfield, Connecticut-based General Electric Co. led issuers selling $412.3 billion of bonds this month, up from $226 billion in December and surpassing the $407.2 billion sold in January 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Sales last year soared 20.5 percent to $3.96 trillion.