Fewer firms listed in Amsterdam

The number of companies listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange totalled 127 at the end of 2007, compared with 170 in 2000, according to new figures from the national statistics office CBS.

The 25% decline in listings is due to takeovers, mergers and bankruptcies. Among the big names that have left the Amsterdam exchange in recent years are KLM, Corus and Numico.
The total value of firms that have left the bourse is €52bn, while new shares worth €25bn have been listed, the CBS says.

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