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Widex denies GN Resound merger talks

Widex have rejected speculation it was in talks with headset maker GN Store Nord and its hearing aid arm Resound over a potential merger. Shares in GN rose as much as 7 percent on Friday on speculation the companies were in talks, but lost some positive ground once Widex had denied the rumour. “We haven’t been in talks and are very surprised over the rumours we were to buy Resound,” Widex Sales and Marketing Chief Tom Westermann told Reuters.

GN declined to comment on the speculation.

“There are rumours in the market that Widex is in talks with Resound. Widex has said earlier that it is not interested in Resound, but apparently the market believes the rumours,” said Jyske Bank trader Morten Byrdal.

GN has said it expects to own Resound throughout 2007 but has said it will pursue all possible strategic options for the arm, and concentrate instead on its headset activities.

News from Reuters.