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Pfizer & Allergan tie-up gives rise to new US advertising giant

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By John Glenday, Reporter

November 24, 2015 | 1 min read

A $155bn mega-merger between US pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer and Dublin-based Allergan has given rise to one of the world’s largest advertisers.

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Figures compiled by Kantar Media suggest that the combined entity will have an advertising war chest larger than L’Oreal, Berkshire Hathaway and AT&T with Phizer alone spending $1.4bn on advertising in the US last year.

For its part Allercan is believed to have had an advertising spend of $654m in 2014 although it remains to be seen whether this largesse will remain intact post-merger or whether synergies will give rise to a period of cost cutting.

Pharmaceuticals advertising have long been a lucrative business in America which has laxer rules than other global markets with the top five advertisers splashing out a combined $2.5bn between them in 2014.

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