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• The New York Times reports that “Arthur C. Nielsen Jr., who transformed the company his father founded in 1923 into an international leader in market research, helping to make its name synonymous with television ratings, died on Monday in Winnetka, Ill., where he lived most of his life. He was 92.”

Nielsen became president of the A. C. Nielsen Company in 1957 and its chairman in 1975, and, the Times notes, “presided over the company’s growth from a modest operation, generating less than $4 million a year in revenue, to one with revenue of more than $680 million.”

A. C. Nielsen was sold to Dun & Bradstreet for $1.3 billion in stock in 1984, and was subsequently sold again to the Dutch publishing company VNU.
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