PARIS French IT consulting firm Atos (ATOS.PA) formally denies that its Worldline payment terminals business was preparing an offer for Ingenico, a company spokesman said on Monday.
La Lettre de L'Expansion earlier reported that Worldline was planning to propose an agreed acquisition of Ingenico worth 7.5 billion euros to 8 billion euros ($8.1 billion-$8.6 billion).
Ingenico shares opened 4 percent higher, Atos opened 0.72 percent lower.
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(Reporting by Laurence Frost; Editing by GV De Clercq)