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    • March 28, 2018 1:09 PM BST
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      Shire shares jump after Takeda confirms bid interest

      Takeda, Japan's largest drugs firm by sales, has said it is considering a possible offer for the UK's Shire.
      The Takeda announcement sent shares in the UK pharmaceuticals company up as much as 25% in morning trading.
      Big drugs names have long been rumoured to have been circling Shire after a takeover by US firm Abbvie fell through in 2014.
      In mid-December last year, speculation on a possible takeover bid sent Shire shares to the top of the FTSE 100.
      Takeda said its offer "is at a preliminary and exploratory stage and no approach has been made to the board of Shire".
      However, Takeda said it was interested in the firm to strengthen its cancer, stomach and brain drugs offerings.
      Takeda must announce that it intends to make a firm offer for Shire by the end of 25 April.
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