Dec. 14, 2017: Disney is purchasing several of 21st Century Fox's assets in a $52.4 billion deal. Disney gets the 20th Century Fox movie and television studios, majority control of Hulu, Fox's regional sports networks including YES and several other properties. Fox will keep Fox News, FS1 and FS2, the Big Ten Network and a few other properties.
Dec. 5, 2017: European movie theater operator Cineworld Group is purchasing Regal Entertainment for $3.6 billion, CNN reported. The deal will create the world's second-largest movie chain based on number of screens. The group will have 9,500 screens in theaters across 10 countries.
Nov. 8, 2017: Panera announced it's repurchasing Au Bon Pain. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Panera sold off Au Bon Pain in 1999.
Oct. 30, 2017: Home builders Lennar merged with CalAtlantic in a $9.3 billion deal to create the nation's largest home builder by revenues, according to USA Today.
Sept. 28, 2017: Swedish furniture company Ikea announced it's purchasing TaskRabbit. TaskRabbit is an on-demand marketplace where people can hire workers for random tasks. The deal is expected to close in October and the terms weren't disclosed.
July 31, 2017: Discovery Communications, owner of TLC and Animal Planet, announced it's purchasing Scripps Networks, owner of the Food Network and HGTV, in an $11.9 billion deal.
July 24, 2017: Investment firm KKR announced the purchase of medical website WebMD for $2.8 billion.
On June 16, 2017, Walmart announced the purchase of men's fashion retailer Bonobos for $310 million in cash.
Amazon announced the purchase of organic grocer Whole Foods on June 16, 2017. The online retailer will buy the grocery store for $13.7 billion in cash. The deal values Whole Foods at $42 a share.
Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to purchase Tribune Media for $3.9 billion in May 2017. Sinclair, America's biggest owner of local TV stations, will add dozens of Tribune's stations. Tribune also owns WGN America and owns a portion of the Food Network and CareerBuilder web site.
On May 8, handbag maker Coach announced a deal to purchase rival Kate Spade for $2.4 billion.
In April 2017, German conglomerate JAB, the owner of Krispy Kreme, Einstein and Noah bagel chains, Keurig Green Mountain, Caribou and more, purchased Panera for $7.5 billion.
Amazon has had its eye on the Middle East for some time. Now it's finally made a move. It has agreed to buy the region's biggest e-commerce platform, Souq.com. Amazon and Souq did not disclose the size of the deal. CB Insights valued Souq at more than $1 billion after it raised $275 million from investors last year.
Restaurant Brands, the parent of Burger King and the Tim Hortons doughnut and coffee chain, announced Feb. 20, 2017 that it is buying Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, the company famous for its Cajun cuisine, for $1.8 billion.
Verizon completed its purchase on Yahoo's core internet assets for $4.48 billion in June, 2017. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer will receive a $23 million severance package. Yahoo and AOL will now form a new digital media company under Verizon called Oath.
Comcast announced on April 28, 2016, that it was acquiring Dreamworks Animation for about $3.8 billion. DreamWorks "will become part of the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, which includes Universal Pictures, Fandango, and NBCUniversal Brand Development."
On Dec. 12, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission challenged the $6.3 billion acquisition of Office Depot by rival Staples. The agency successfully blocked a merger of the two office suppliers back in 1997.
In one of the biggest proposed corporate deals ever, Pfizer and Allergan announced on Nov. 23, 2015, that they would combine to create the world's largest pharmaceutical giant. The merger, which still needs regulatory approval, would bring blockbuster drugs like Pfizer's Lyrica, Enbrel and Viagra and Allergan's Botox and Restasis under one corporate roof.
Marriott bought Starwood in November 2015 to make the largest hotel company in the world. Together, the companies will operate or franchise 5,500 hotels with a total of 1.1 million rooms. The company will span 100 countries.
IBM announced in October 2015 that it has purchased the Weather Company. IBM is taking the Weather Company's digital assets, including the uber-popular Weather Channel mobile app, weather.com, and -- most crucially for IBM -- all the company's forecasting data and technology.
In a pharmacy mega-merger, Walgreens bought Rite Aid in October 2015. The $17.2 billion deal puts together the nation's second and third largest pharmacy chains that combined will have nearly 13,000 U.S. stores. That would catapult the merged company above CVS, which has 7,800 stores.
Anheuser-Busch InBev agreed to buy its main rival SABMiller for £68 billion ($104 billion) in October 2015, creating a super brewery with sales of $55 billion. The combined firm will be the world's largest beermaker by far, with nine of the world's top 20 beers by volume.
In the biggest tech deal of all time, Dell announced on Oct. 12, 2015, that it had agreed to buy corporate software, storage and security giant EMC for $67 billion.
Velveeta and ketchup married in July 2015, when food giants Kraft and Heinz combined. The merger was backed by 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway, which invested $10 billion in the deal, making Kraft Heinz worth about $46 billion. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett's stake alone is worth $24 billion.
Major media companies AT&T and DirecTV merged in July 2015 in a massive $49 billion deal.