North America’s retail industry saw a rise of 6.3% 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 51 retail industry deals worth $599.23m were announced for the region in July 2019, against the 12-month average of 48 deals.

Of all the deal types, venture financing saw most activity in July 2019 with 26 transactions, representing a 51% share for the region.

In second place was M&A with 21 deals, followed by private equity deals with four transactions, respectively capturing a 41.2% and 7.8% share of the overall deal activity for the month.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading category in North America’s retail industry with $370.71m, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $114.82m and $113.7m, respectively.

North America retail industry deals in July 2019: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 83.5% of the overall value during July 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $500.22m, against the overall value of $599.23m recorded for the month.

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

1) Etsy ‘s $275m acquisition of Reverb.com

2) The $114.82m private equity deal with Hudson’s Bay by Catalyst Capital Group

3) Jushi Holdings’ $63m acquisition of Franklin Bioscience – Penn

4) The $27.4m acquisition of Xthetica by Notox Technologies

5) L Catterton Growth Fund , Unilever Ventures and University Growth Fund’s venture financing of Koco Life for $20m.

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.