Total retail deals in January 2019 worth $1.34bn were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 82.4% over the previous month and a drop of 67.6% when compared with the last 12-month average of $4.14bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 4.1% over the last 12-month average with 51 deals against the average of 49 deals.

In value terms, North America led the activity with deals worth $705.8m.

The top announced deal, as tracked by GlobalData, in January 2019 was Fortress Investment Group’s $445.39m private equity deal with Casino Guichard-Perrachon.

This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and excludes all terminated and rumoured deals.

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.