LONDON, May 4 (Reuters) – Financial news and information provider Reuters Group Plc RTR.L said on Friday it had received a preliminary takeover approach from an unidentified suitor, sending its shares up as much as 30 percent.

Earlier, traders had reported market speculation of a 600-pence-a-share bid from Canada’s Thomson Corp TOC.TO TOC.N or Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp NWSa.N.

Reuters declined further comment. Thomson Corp declined to comment. News Corp could not immediately be reached.

RTFWeb or RTFFox????? Perhaps some consolidation, finally?