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<<Nielsen was once a part of ACNielsen all under the Dun & Bradstreet umbrella. Then joined IMS
Health under the Cognizant umbrella. Then spun-off to become independent. The day it went
independent, NMR stock was trading at 8/share. Today it is at 30/share. Aren't they doing fine on
their own? >>

NMR is certainly doing much better without a parent company. I don't think any of the D&B/Cognizant/etc. really ever understood the business, they just thought they did. D&B tried to impose a lot of structure on Nielsen Media - which never worked. If you go back to the days of Art Nielsen and Art Nielsen Jr. though (pre-1984), the Media side of the company was doing excellent - that's how they got the dominant presence.


(p.s. Enough postings for you, Robster?)
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