In business, the term “conglomerate” denotes a group of companies or multiple subsidiaries of one company which do not operate in identical industry sectors.

A conglomerate may result from the establishment of new subsidies within a company, or though mergers and acquisitions.

The companies or subsidiaries which make up a conglomerate normally operate independently of each other. For example, a conglomerate may be made up of an IT business, an engineering business, a bank and an insurance company.

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