Microsoft Raises Nearly $3 Billion in Bond Sales

Microsoft Corp. shopped nearly $3 billion in debt in the U.S. and euro markets Thursday, getting some of the year’s lowest rates and tapping bond investors before rival Apple Inc. issues its expected bond.

The software giant sold $1.95 billion in the U.S. market, the company’s fifth U.S. bond deal since 2009, when it sold its first debt, according to data provider Dealogic. The company also shopped debt in the euro market for the first time, seeking to raise €550 million ($715 million) with a 20-year maturity.

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