Total retail industry M&A deals in Q2 2019 worth $6.76bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 8.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 47.7% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $13.12bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.75bn. At the country level, China topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.92bn.

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 Q2 2019 was the US with 66 deals, followed by the UK with 19 and Canada with 16.

In 2019, as of the end of Q2 2019, retail M&A deals worth $13bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 70.8% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in Q2 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 52.2% of the overall value during Q2 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $3.53bn, against the overall value of $6.76bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q2 2019 was Suning.com’s $1.16bn acquisition of Carrefour China.

In second place was the $728.85m stake acquisition of Lenta by SeverGroup and in third place was Michel Klein’s $578m stake acquisition of Via Varejo.

The $557.12m asset transaction with J Sainsbury and The British LandPLC by Realty Income and Kunming Yanheng Automobile Sales ServicesLimited’s acquisition of Rundong Automobile Group, Xuzhou Rundong Automobile Sales ManagementLimited, Xuzhou Rundong Jiaoguang Automobile Sales and ServicesLimited and Xuzhou Yuemei Automobile Sales ManagementLimited for $506.55m 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.