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Royal Liver snaps up Park Row

Friendly society Royal Liver is set to buy Park Row group for £16.7m. Royal Liver intends to take full ownership of the business but Park Row will continue to operate under its own name as a stand-alone business. Royal Liver says it has made the offer to increase its distribution and product development.

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