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Total retail industry M&A deals in May 2019 worth $571.67m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 82.4% over the previous month and a drop of 85.4% when compared with the last 12-month average, which stood at $3.91bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $330.36m. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $298.58m.

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 May 2019 was the US with 20 deals, followed by Canada with six and Germany with five.

In 2019, as of the end of May 2019, retail M&A deals worth $7.34bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 81.9% year on year.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 73.7% of the overall value during May 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $421.54m, against the overall value of $571.67m recorded for the month. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in May 2019 was Xtep International’s $260m acquisition of E-Land Footwear USA Holdings.

In second place was the $65.79m acquisition of SH Telekommunikation Deutschland by Mobilezone and in third place was Spencer’s Retail’s $42.69m acquisition of Natures Basket.

The $29.6m acquisition of Hangzhou Anshe E-CommerceLimited by Hangzhou Yaner Enterprise Management Consulting and Kid’s acquisition of Hemtex for $23.46m held fourth and fifth positions, respectively.

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.