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January 27, 2021

Retail industry deals in Q4 2020 total $39.39bn globally

Total retail industry deals for Q4 2020 worth $39.39bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 48.3% over the previous quarter and a rise of 63.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $24.76bn.

In terms of number of deals, the sector saw a rise of 9.6% over the last four-quarter average with 411 deals against the average of 375 deals.

In value terms, Europe led the activity with deals worth $13.94bn.

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Retail industry deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five retail deals accounted for 46.2% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $18.19bn, against the overall value of $39.39bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Mohsin Issa, TDR Capital and Zuber Issa’s $8.77bn private equity deal with Asda Stores

2) The $3.61bn acquisition of A-Rt Retail Holding by Taobao China Holding

3) VF’s $2.1bn acquisition of Supreme Clothing

4) The $2.1bn acquisition of Shimachu by Nitori Holdings

5) The merger of HIMS and Oaktree Acquisition for $1.6bn.

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.