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Dow Chemical, DuPont said to be in late-stage merger talks

Dow Chemical, DuPont said to be in late-stage merger talks

Dow Chemical Co. is in late-stage talks to merge with DuPont Co. in what would be the largest deal in the chemicals industry, people with knowledge of the matter said.

An accord may be announced as soon as this week, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. After the merger, the company would break into two or three businesses because of regulatory and other issues, the people said. There's no guarantee a deal will get done and talks may still fall apart, the people said.

The transaction would combine two of the most storied names in U.S. industry and create the world's second-biggest chemical company behind BASF SE as well as the...

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