Total consumer industry M&A deals worth $355.19m were announced in Europe in March 2021, led by Next’s $45.77m acquisition of Reiss, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 70.4% over the previous month of $1.2bn and a drop of 78.3% when compared with the last 12-month average of $1.64bn.

Europe held a 10.67% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $3.33bn in March 2021. With a 6.11% share and deals worth $203.42m, the UK was the top country in Europe’s M&A deal value across consumer industry.

In terms of M&A deal activity, Europe recorded 71 deals during March 2021, marking an increase of 29.09% over the previous month and a rise of 36.54% over the 12-month average. The UK recorded 27 deals during the month.

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Europe consumer industry M&A deals in March 2021: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 49.3% of the overall value during March 2021.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $174.97m, against the overall value of $355.19m recorded for the month.

The top five consumer industry M&A deals of March 2021 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Next’s $45.77m acquisition of Reiss

2) The $43m acquisition of Banach Technology by Lockspell

3) Croda International’s $30.15m acquisition of Alban Muller International

4) The $28.3m asset transaction with Trakya ET by Siniora Food Industries

5) BMO Real Estate Partners’ acquisition of Hinton Group for $27.75m.