02/09/2013 06:22 BST | Updated 02/09/2013 07:08 BST

Top Money-Losing Business Acquisitions

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Telecoms giant Vodafone's prospective £84 billion ($130 billion) of its stake in Verizone Wireless, set to be confirmed this afternoon, would mark the third biggest deal in corporate history.

Yet, with a look back, many corporate mergers and acquisitions in the past have failed to live up to expectations.

HuffPostUK takes a look back at the biggest "M&A" deals that have come to be seen as big money-losing mistakes.

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