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Total retail industry M&A deals in December 2020 worth $4.36bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 37.8% over the previous month and a drop of 22.6% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $5.63bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.36bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.58bn.

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.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in December 2020 was the US with 25 deals, followed by the UK with eight and Japan with five.

In 2020, as of the end of December 2020, retail M&A deals worth $68.31bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 10.7% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in December 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 72.7% of the overall value during December 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $3.17bn, against the overall value of $4.36bn recorded for the month.

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

1) Moncler‘s $1.39bn acquisition of Stone Island

2) The $556m asset transaction with 9830 Macarthur, Reliance Equities Group and ZN Direct by Mohawk Group Holdings and Truweo

3) Convergenta Invest und Beteiligungs’ $512.76m acquisition of Ceconomy

4) The $360m acquisition of Makro Supermayorista by Inretail Peru

5) The Hut Group’s acquisition of DermStore for $350m.

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.