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Q4 2009

De Bellas & Co., the #1 Staffing Industry M&A investment banking firm for twenty five years, with over 170 completed Staffing M&A transactions, reported today that 18 Staffing M&A transactions were announced in Q4 of 2009. This represents a significant increase over 12 announced transactions in Q3 of 2009 and 9 in Q4 of 2008. Overall, 57 staffing transactions were reported in 2009, down from 87 transactions in 2008. Transactions in Q4 of 2009 were dispersed throughout various sectors. Privately held Staffing Companies were the buyers in over 70% of M&A transactions in 2009. A listing of all transactions is available at www.debellas.com.

“We shed no tears as we bid farewell to 2009.” said Royal J. Brown II, a Managing Director at De Bellas & Co. “The tone of the M&A market is now decidedly upbeat. We expect that deal activity will continue to accelerate, as buyer interest has increased and more business owners’ expectations are likely to be met in the marketplace, commented, Brown.

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