confirmed that it made a "preliminary approach" to
about a potential buyout deal.
In a short statement late Monday, Thomson said the overture may or may not lead to an offer being made for the British media outfit.
Thomson, a Canada-based provider of financial information, said a further announcement will be made "in due course."
On Friday, shares of Reuters soared 25% after the company said it received a takeover approach from an unnamed suitor. The media and Wall Street, however, were quick to jump on Thomson as the likely bidder.