Total retail industry deals for Q1 2019 worth $5.16bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 22.2% over the previous quarter and a drop of 25.3% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $6.92bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 25.2% over the last four-quarter average with 194 deals against the average of 155 deals.

In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $3.01bn.

Retail industry deals in Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 63.4% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $3.27bn, against the overall value of $5.16bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced retail deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was LetterOne Holdings’ $1.78bn private equity deal with Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion.

In second place was the $569.23m private equity deal with Casino Guichard-Perrachon by Fortress Investment Group and in third place was Starboard Value’s $350m private equity deal with Dollar Tree.

The $300m private equity deal with Maurices by OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund II and Nojima Asia Pacific’s acquisition of Courts Asia for $276.69m 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.