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US group buys uSwitch for 210m
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Price comparison website uSwitch.com has been taken over by US media group EW Scripps in a 210m ($366m) deal.

Scripps owns a range of newspapers and TV stations and syndicates cartoon characters such as Peanuts and Dilbert.

It will combine uSwitch.com and its own Shopzilla price comparison site within a new interactive media division.

uSwitch.com compares prices on utility and telecoms bills and financial services and is expected to make a profit of 6m to 9m this year.

Earlier this year, uSwitch said it was looking to sell itself or list its shares on the stock exchange, with an estimated value of just over 100m.

The company was owned by private investors, including Lord Milford Haven, cousin of the Queen, and its employees.

uSwitch.com does not charge its users for accessing the site, but gets a fee from the supplier if the consumer chooses to change providers.

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