Total retail industry M&A deals in March 2019 worth $220.65m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 53.2% over the previous month and a drop of 82.1% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $1.23bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $144.83m. At the country level, the UK topped the list in terms of deal value at $144.83m.

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 March 2019 was the US with nine deals, followed by the UK with six and Japan with five.

In 2019, as of the end of March 2019, retail M&A deals worth $1.15bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 85.1% year on year.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 100% of the overall value during March 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $220.65m, against the overall value of $220.65m recorded for the month. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in March 2019 was Lewis Trust Group’s $132.08m acquisition of Mint Velvet.

In second place was the $35m asset transaction with Gymboree Group by The Gap and in third place was Hankyu Hanshin REIT’s $25.72m asset transaction with Fundes Jimbocho.

The $15.1m asset transaction with Gordy’s Market by Nash Finch and Sports Direct International’s acquisition of Findel for $12.75m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.