3M and Avery Dennison Terminate Agreement and 3 Dow Movers to Track

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3M Company (NYSE:MMM) and Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) reported Wednesday night that they have terminated the agreement under which the former would have acquired Avery Dennison’s Office and Consumer Products unit. Avery Dennison intends to continue seeking a sale of the business while 3M is “disappointed with this turn of events.”

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