Total consumer industry deals for May 2019 worth $31.57bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 31.9% over the previous month and a rise of 36.1% when compared with the last 12-month average of $23.19bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 11.1% over the last 12-month average with 491 deals against the average of 442 deals.

In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $21.46bn.

Consumer industry deals in May 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 61.5% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $19.42bn, against the overall value of $31.57bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was EQT VIII, Luxinva and Public Sector Pension Investment Board’s $10.12bn private equity deal with Nestle Skin Health.

In second place was the $3.7bn acquisition of Avon Products by Natura Cosmeticos and in third place was The Goldman Sachs Group’s $2.24bn acquisition of B & B Hotels.

The $2bn acquisition of International Speedway by NASCAR Media Group and Edgewell Personal Care’s acquisition of Harry’s for $1.37bn held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.

GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.

More in-depth reports and analysis on all reported deals are available for subscribers to GlobalData’s deals database.