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NortonLifeLock in Talks to Buy Avast

NortonLifeLock Inc.

is in talks to buy cybersecurity firm

Avast

Plc in a deal that would expand the U.S. company’s focus on consumer software.

Avast said late Wednesday that the two were in advanced discussions about a cash-and-stock deal after The Wall Street Journal reported on the talks earlier Wednesday.

A deal could be completed this month, assuming talks don’t fall apart, according to people familiar with the matter. Avast has a market value of around £5.2 billion (around $7.2 billion). Assuming a typical deal premium, the deal could value the cybersecurity firm at more than $8 billion.

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