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Europe’s retail industry saw a drop of 12.9% in deal activity during April 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 27 retail industry deals worth $1.88bn were announced for the region in April 2019, against the 12-month average of 31 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in April 2019 with 21 transactions, representing a 77.8% share for the region.

In second place was private equity with three deals, followed by venture financing deals with three transactions, respectively capturing an 11.1% and 11.1% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

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In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s retail industry with $1.76bn, while venture financing deals totalled $127.24m .

Europe retail industry deals in April 2019: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 68.3% of the overall value during April 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $1.29bn, against the overall value of $1.88bn recorded for the month. The top announced retail deal tracked by GlobalData in April 2019 was SeverGroup’s $598.98m stake acquisition of Lenta.

In second place was the $557.12m asset transaction with J Sainsbury and The British LandPLC by Realty Income and in third place was Aglae Ventures, BPI France, CM-CIC Capital Prive, Eurazeo, General Atlantic, Partech Partners and Piton Capital’s $125m venture financing of Colibri- ManoMano.

The $3.53m stake acquisition of Bonmarche by Spectre and Milano Investment Partners’ venture financing of The Colvin for $2.24m 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. 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.