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Dealmaking failed to make a comeback in the second quarter as the European debt crisis and volatile stock markets forced companies to delay big acquisitions.

Takeovers fell about 2 percent from the first three months of the year to about $450 billion, the lowest level since 2009, according to data compiled by Bloomberg through June 27. Eaton Corp.’s proposed purchase of Cooper Industries Plc and Pfizer Inc.’s sale of its infant-nutrition unit were the only deals to top $10 billion.

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