Total retail industry M&A deals in April 2019 worth $2.74bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 50.8% over the previous month and a drop of 34.05% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $4.16bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.76bn. At the country level, China topped the list in terms of deal value at $710.15m.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for retail industry M&A deals globally, followed by Europe and then Asia-Pacific.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in April 2019 was the US with 23 deals, followed by the UK with seven and Japan with six.

In 2019, as of the end of April 2019, retail M&A deals worth $6.27bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 72.2% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in April 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 73.5% of the overall value during April 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $2.02bn, against the overall value of $2.74bn recorded for the month. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in April 2019 was SeverGroup‘s $598.98m stake acquisition of Lenta.

In second place was the $557.12m asset transaction with J Sainsbury and The British LandPLC by Realty Income and in third place was Kunming Yanheng Automobile Sales Services‘ $506.55m acquisition of Rundong Automobile Group, Xuzhou Rundong Automobile Sales Management, Xuzhou Rundong Jiaoguang Automobile Sales and Services and Xuzhou Yuemei Automobile Sales Management.

The $189.23m stake acquisition of Jiangsu Five Star Appliance by and George Horesh’s stake acquisition of Super-Pharm (Israel) for $164.02m 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.