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Informa interested in buying Springer

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Informa has confirmed that it is in discussions about acquiring Springer Science + Business Media. According to a statement by Informa, 'combining Springer and Informa would bring together two highly respected and profitable academic publishers that would be positioned to take advantage of the opportunities in their core fields of Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM), and Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), respectively.' However, it is not yet clear whether an agreement can be reached that satisfies both Informa's board and Springer's shareholders.