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

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A total of 35 retail industry deals worth $182.5m were announced for the region in May 2019, against the 12-month average of 31 deals.

Of all the deal types, M&A saw most activity in May 2019 with 24 transactions, representing a 68.6% share for the region.

In second place was venture financing with seven deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 20% and 11.4% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in Europe’s retail industry with $162.18m, while venture financing and private equity deals totalled $20.15m and $0.17m, respectively.

Europe retail industry deals in May 2019: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 68.03% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $124.15m, against the overall value of $182.5m recorded for the month. The top announced retail deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Mobilezone’s $65.79m acquisition of SH Telekommunikation Deutschland.

In second place was the $23.46m acquisition of Hemtex by Kid and in third place was TAKKT‘s $21.82m acquisition of XXL Horeca.

The $7.86m venture financing of Otrium by Index Ventures and Pollard Banknote’s acquisition of Fastrak Retail for $5.22m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.