London (AFP) - British electrical goods specialist Dixons Retail Group and mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse are in merger talks, the pair announced on Monday.
"The boards of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse... confirm that the two companies are in preliminary discussions regarding a possible merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse," they said in a joint statement.
The pair stressed the discussions are at a "very preliminary" stage, adding there was no certainty that they would result in a deal.
The two companies are together worth about Â£3.6 billion ($6.0 billion, 4.4 billion euros) on the London stock market, and would have combined revenues of more than Â£12 billion.
Dixons Retail Group has more than 900 shops across Europe, including brands Currys and PC World in Britain and Ireland.
Carphone Warehouse meanwhile has 2,000 stores in Europe, and also holds a 46-percent stake in operator Virgin Mobile France.