Total consumer industry private equity deals in Q4 2018 worth $15.82bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 29.4% over the previous quarter and a rise of 36% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $11.7bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $10.95bn. At the country level, the United States topped the list in terms of deal value at $10.95bn.

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

The top country in terms of private equity deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 57 deals, followed by France with 13 and the United Kingdom with 12.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, consumer private equity deals worth $48.64bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 13.9% year on year.

Consumer industry private equity deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five consumer private equity deals accounted for 62.2% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five consumer private equity deals stood at $9.84bn, against the overall value of $15.82bn recorded for the quarter.

The top announced consumer private equity deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was ESL Investments,’s $5.2bn private equity deal with Sears.

In second place was Platinum Equity’s private equity deal with Jostens for $1.3bn and in third place was Sycamore Partners’ $1.3bn private equity deal with Pure Fishing,.

Elliott Management’s $1.14bn private equity deal with Pernod Ricard and Pershing Square Capital Management’s private equity deal with Starbucks for $900m 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.