Dubai — Saudi Arabia is restarting preparations for a potential initial public offering (IPO) of oil giant Aramco, months after putting the planned listing on hold, people familiar with the matter say.

Aramco, the world’s most profitable company, recently held talks with a select group of investment banks to discuss potential roles on the offering, according to the people. Detailed work on the IPO may pick up speed later this year or early next year, the people said, asking not to be identified because the information is private.

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