A running tally

Flush with cash and looking for growth opportunities, corporations since the beginning of 2011 have stepped up the pace and size of dealmaking. Globally, companies have spent more than $1.57 trillion in deals, and nationally there have been more than 6,000 transactions that add up to more than $722 billion, according to Bloomberg. Telecommunications and health lead the way with the four of the five biggest deals of the year through March. AT&T’s bid to acquire T-Mobile USA and Express Scripts takeover of Medco would put both bidders at the top of their respective industries. Read on to see the largest and most notable deals of 2011.

Editor’s note: All data are from Bloomberg. Prices are listed as the value at the time the deal was announced.

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