Millennials are known to dislike labels. Now the mergers andacquisitions market is shedding them, too.

One of 2017's big deal trends was the blurring of industrylines. Retailers are buying software and online outposts, wirelessproviders are looking to own content, and Amazon.com, the king ofe-commerce, scooped up a brick-and-mortar food retailer, WholeFoods Market.

Convergence among industries continues to be a running theme forboth large and small transactions. That means analysts and bankerswho specialize in once-distinct areas of focus may needto bone up on other sectors. It also will make it that muchharder to predict the hottest sectors for M&A. Instead,pay closer attention to the underlying motivations for deal-making,said Russell Thomson, national managing partner for M&Aservices at Deloitte.

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