Total retail industry M&A deals in February 2020 worth $2.05bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 8.3% over the previous month and a drop of 59.5% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $5.06bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $1.08bn. At the country level, China topped the list in terms of deal value at $937.88m.

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 February 2020 was the US with 31 deals, followed by China with four and Germany with four.

In 2020, as of the end of February 2020, retail M&A deals worth $4.28bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 170.1% year on year.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 89.5% of the overall value during February 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $1.83bn, against the overall value of $2.05bn recorded for the month.

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

1) PepsiCo’s $705m acquisition of Hangzhou Haomusi Food

2) The $549m acquisition of The Kroger by Berkshire Hathaway

3) 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s $252m acquisition of Personalizationmall.Com

4) The $200m acquisition of Tongdow E-Commerce Group by Vertical Ventures

5) Calbee’s acquisition of Potato Kaitsuka for $125.44m.

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.