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Oracle to acquire e-commerce software maker ATG

NEW YORK (AP) — Business software maker Oracle said Tuesday it has agreed to acquire e-commerce software maker Art Technology Group Inc. for $1 billion in cash.

ATG, which is based in Cambridge, Mass., works with customers like Best Buy and CVS to improve their websites and streamline online purchasing.

The purchase price of $6 per share is a 46 percent premium over Art Technology’s closing price on Monday. Art Technology shares rose $1.92 to $6.02 in pre-market trading.

The deal needs shareholder and regulatory approval. Oracle expects to complete the deal by early next year.

Oracle Corp. is based in Redwood Shores, Calif. Its shares rose 7 cents to $29.20 in pre-market trading.

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