Europe’s retail industry saw a rise of 57.6% in deal activity during July 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 52 retail industry deals worth $8.53bn were announced for the region in July 2019, against the 12-month average of 33 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in July 2019 with 35 transactions, representing a 67.3% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with ten deals, followed by private equity deals with seven transactions, respectively capturing a 19.2% and 13.5% 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 $8.05bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $374.97m and $106.43m, respectively.

Europe retail industry deals in July 2019: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 95.8% of the overall value during July 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $8.17bn, against the overall value of $8.53bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of July 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Essilor International Compagnie Generale d’Optique’s $7.02bn acquisition of GrandVision

2) The $374.41m private equity deal with Liberty by Glendower Capital

3) Lagardere Travel Retail’s $278.57m acquisition of International Duty Free Belgium

4) The $257.51m acquisition of Ellos Group Holding by FNG Nordic

5) Groupe Bernard Hayot’s acquisition of Vindemia for $245.67m.

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.