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Global IPOs slow in January-March as India overtakes China

Falling markets, tighter rules and more fundraising options blamed for decline

The Bombay Stock Exchange has been enjoying an increase in new company listings, as India overtook China in the number of listings in the first quarter of 2018.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The number of companies that listed their shares in 39 countries from January to March dropped 12% to 360 from the same period a year earlier, according to research company Dealogic.

The drop in initial public offerings was the first since the April-June period of 2016, when market debuts slumped amid jitters triggered by the U.K.'s decision to leave the European Union in June of that year.

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