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The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Citi's Japanese private equity arm has resumed its effort to sell Bellsystem24, the country's largest call center company by market share. The first round of bidding for Bellsystem24, valued at $1.5 billion by Citi, will close on Sept. 1, the report said, citing a person familiar with the deal.
Citigroup shares were lately rising 29 cents to $4.77, bringing the five-day rally near 20%.
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