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Europe’s consumer industry saw a drop of 0.9% in overall deal activity during Q4 2019, when compared to the four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 429 deals worth $42.96bn were announced for the region during Q4 2019, against the last four-quarter average of 433 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in Q4 2019 with 280, representing a 65.3% share for the region.

In second place was private equity with 77 deals, followed by venture financing deals with 72 transactions, respectively capturing an 18% and 16.8% share of the overall deal activity for the quarter.

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In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s consumer industry with $39.27bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $3.12bn and $582.03m, respectively.

Europe consumer industry deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 82.1% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer deals stood at $35.29bn, against the overall value of $42.96bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five consumer industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) ‘s $26.2bn merger of DuPont Nutrition Biosciences and International Flavors & Fragrances

2) The $6bn merger of The Stars Group and Flutter Entertainment by

3) AccorInvest’s $1.32bn acquisition of Orbis

4) The $900m private equity deal with CERELIA by Ardian Holding

5) Bernard Arnault Group’s acquisition of AC Milan for $874.58m.

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.