Publishing company VNU, owner of Computing and Accountancy age, and market research firm AC Nielsen could be changing hands. Yesterday in a statement it was said it had received, “expressions of interest from various parties regarding a possible acquisition of the company.

VNU boss chief executive Rob Van den Bergh is leaving soon. He was the brainchild behind the company’s abortive attempt to buy US medical information company IMS Health. Shareholders didn’t like the idea, the bid was dropped and Mr Van den Bergh announced his intention to leave soon after.

Possible bidders for VNU include Sir Martin Sorrell’s ad agency WPP and business publisher Reed Elsevier.

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