Assa Abloy buys Spectrum home improvement business for $4.3 bln

The logo for Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc., is displayed screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., July 6, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Sept 9 (Reuters) – U.S. lockmaker Spectrum Brands Holdings Inc (SPB.N) has agreed to sell its hardware and home improvement division to Swedish rival Assa Abloy (ASSAb.ST) for $4.3 billion in cash.

Shares in Assa Abloy rose 6.2% in early trade on Thursday, buoyed by the deal and the prospects for expansion beyond its commercial business in North America into the residential market.

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