Total retail industry M&A deals in August 2019 worth $3.18bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 65.3% over the previous month and a rise of 11.6% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $2.85bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.66bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.11bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in August 2019 was the US with 24 deals, followed by the UK with nine and Japan with eight.

In 2019, as of the end of August 2019, retail M&A deals worth $25.53bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 49.6% year on year.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 84.6% of the overall value during August 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $2.69bn, against the overall value of $3.18bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Marks and Spencer Group’s $989.28m acquisition of Ocado Retail

2) The $753.65m acquisition of Vitamin Shoppe by Liberty Tax

3) Farfetch’s $675m acquisition of New Guards Group

4) The $136.19m acquisition of Gough Group by Sime Darby Motor Group (NZ)

5) Liberty Tax’s asset transaction with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores for $132.9m.

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.