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Breakup

A situation in which two or more divisions of a company split into two or more independent companies. A breakup can occur as the result of anti-trust action by a government or if the company simply believes the divisions will be more profitable separately. A breakup should not be confused with a break. See also: Spin-off.

breakup

The division of a company into separate parts. The most famous breakup to date was the 1984 division of AT&T (formerly, American Telephone & Telegraph Company). This breakup was intended to increase competition in the communications industry.
Case Study In early 1996, Dun & Bradstreet management announced the firm would be divided into three publicly traded companies. Dun & Bradstreet would survive as a smaller, leaner firm while A.C. Nielsen, the media-ratings company, and Cognizant, a marketing information firm, would become separate corporations. At the time of the announcement, all three firms were part of the same parent company. In announcing the breakup, Dun & Bradstreet's chief executive officer said the decision was driven by management's desire to improve shareholder value. That statement implied management believed the three companies would be more valuable as separately owned and managed enterprises than as components of a single company.
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Sleep disturbances in the form of insomnia have been reported in as many as 43% of individuals experiencing breakup distress for as long as 13 months after the loss (Ford & Kamerow, 1989).
Three items were used to measure negative non-religious/spiritual subjective perceptions of the breakup, which have been assessed in previous studies of non-marital romantic breakups (e.
Sbarra (2006) followed participants as their breakups were happening, using an experience sampling method, which allowed on-line judgments of emotional recovery that were not subject to the judgmental biases and distortions of retrospection.
Breakups are notably frequent in university students (68% in our university sample) and might be expected to cause negative mood states and the kind of breakup distress that was noted for adult women (Najib et al.
Digital ice charts for each week from the beginning of June to the end of October were analyzed to define the timing of breakup and consolidation in the two study areas on a pixel-by-pixel basis.
Business leaders said Tuesday the breakup and merger of Japanese companies will accelerate under a corporate tax system proposed by the government's Tax Commission.
In one study, over 40% of those experiencing breakups also experienced clinical depression, with some 12% having moderate to severe depression (Mearns, 1991).