Mergers and acquisition activity is expected to modestly improve next year following a slowdown in 2013 as tech companies continue to consolidate in megadeals, according to an annual report by EY. Just 7,656 deals were reached this year, according to EY's data, down 9.2% from 8,428 last year as executives grappled with an uncertain economic environment.Yet, deal values grew by 22.4% year-over-year to $838.6 billion, sparked by a few megadeals such as the $28 billion purchase of H.J. Heinz by Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A), the $24.4 billion Dell buyout and the $17.2 billion merger of American Airlines and U.S. Airways.Heading into 2014, executives are optimistic M&A activity will improve, particularly in the healthcare, life sciences and technology sectors that are expected to experience some type of transformation or rapid evolvement."Corporate buyers will continue to realize over the coming quarters that they do not need to make fewer, but larger, deals in order to have a more me...
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