Total retail industry M&A deals in Q1 2019 worth $1.15bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 0.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 74.6% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $4.51bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $494.28m. At the country level, Singapore topped the list in terms of deal value at $276.69m.

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.

The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q1 2019 was the US with 42 deals, followed by the UK with 11 and Canada with seven.

In 2019, as of the end of Q1 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 Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 67.3% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $771.89m, against the overall value of $1.15bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was Nojima Asia Pacific’s $276.69m acquisition of Courts Asia.

In second place was the $132.08m acquisition of Mint Velvet by Lewis Trust Group and in third place was Emaar Malls Group’s $129.5m acquisition of Namshi General Trading.

The $119.21m acquisition of OZON Holdings by Sistema and Association des Centres Distributeurs E.Leclerc’s asset transaction with Casino Guichard-Perrachon for $114.41m 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.