Total retail industry M&A deals in December 2019 worth $2.78bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 127.7% over the previous month and a drop of 41.5% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $4.75bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.22bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $2.19bn.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in December 2019 was the US with 21 deals, followed by the UK with ten and Australia with five.

In 2019, as of the end of December 2019, retail M&A deals worth $57.94bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 4.8% year on year.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 85.3% of the overall value during December 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $2.37bn, against the overall value of $2.78bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Asbury Automotive Group’s $1bn asset transaction with Park Place Motorcars

2) The $738.27m acquisition of Diplomat Pharmacy by OptumRx

3) Franchise Group’s $450m acquisition of American Freight Group

4) The $115.71m acquisition of Lawson by KDDI

5) Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation’s acquisition of Findel Education for $66.64m.

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.