Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $62.71bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 27.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 9.05% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $68.96bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $35.68bn. At the country level, the United States topped the list in terms of deal value at $33.43bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for consumer M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 287 deals, followed by the United Kingdom with 84 and Canada with 30.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, consumer M&As worth $272.05bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 31.7% year on year.

Consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five consumer M&A deals accounted for 43.7% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five consumer M&A deals stood at $27.38bn, against the overall value of $62.71bn recorded for the quarter.

The top announced consumer M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Altria Group’s $12.8bn acquisition of JUUL Labs.

In second place was Unilever‘s asset transaction with GlaxoSmithKline for $5.36bn and in third place was Jin Jiang International Hotel Management’s $3.97bn acquisition of Radisson Hospitality.

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s $3.2bn acquisition of Belmond and Johnson & Johnson’s acquisition of Ci:z Holdings for $2.05bn held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.

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.