Total retail M&A deals in January 2019 worth $201.59m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 91.4% over the previous month and a drop of 93.7% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $3.22bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $201.59m. At the country level, Canada topped the list in terms of deal value at $124.59m.

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

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in January 2019 was the United States with 15 deals, followed by Canada with three and China with one.

Retail M&A deals in January 2019: Top deals

The top five retail M&A deals accounted for 87.6% of the overall value during January 2019.

The combined value of the top three retail M&A deals stood at $176.59m, against the overall value of $201.59m recorded for the month.

The top announced retail M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in January 2019 was Rupert of the Rhine’s $124.59m acquisition of Hudson’s Bay.

In second place was Albertsons Companies, Kroger Speciality Pharmacy, CVS Health , Rite Aid and Walgreens Boots Alliance’s asset transaction with Shopko Stores Operating Co for $52m.

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.

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.