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BAE declines comment on media report of merger talks collapse

Oct 9 (Reuters) - British defence company BAE Systems

declined to comment on a German DPA news agency report on Tuesday that said its $45 billion merger talks with Airbus parent firm EADS had collapsed.

The two companies are working toward a Wednesday deadline by which they must inform the UK Takeover Panel of their intention to proceed with, or drop, the negotiations.

(Reporting by Jason Neely; editing by Paul Sandle)

((jason.neely@thomsonreuters.com; 0207 542 8825; Reuters Messaging: jason.neely.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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