Last week, Business in Vancouver's Richard Chu reported Angus Reid Strategies Inc. is opening its "first U.S. office in San Francisco in September, and has plans to open in New York and London by the end of the year." But some are wondering whether those expansion plans may also include acquiring or merging with Mustel Research Group Ltd. So we put the question to company owner Evi Mustel, who told us she hasn't "even spoken to Angus (Reid) since he opened shop." That being said though, Ms. Mustel added, "I never close any doors" - noting the polling industry, being relatively young has "gone through a lot of mergers - with smaller companies joining together to become a national firm because they just feel they're in a stronger position nationally. And a lot of the first generation are starting to retire now and selling-off and things like that. So there's certainly a lot of change in the industry. But, certainly, there's no offers on the table that we're looking at right now."
August 13, 2007