Back in our January issue, we polled more than a dozen high-profile dealmakers about their outlook for mergers and acquisitions in 2012, and we found them generally positive in their forecasts. (See “Dealmakers Are Willing, But Economy Looks Weak.”) While the first half of the year didn’t exactly deliver boom times, recent reports deliver encouraging signs about the second half of the year that may warrant continued optimism.

PwC US, for one, remains bullish on M&A for the year. While uncertainty over the global economic environment and volatile equity markets significantly slowed U.S. deal volume earlier in the year, an uptick in activity during the end of the second quarter, in conjunction with an active pipeline, indicates the M&A market is regaining momentum, says a report by the unit of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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