Total retail M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $4.26bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 9.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 55.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $9.58bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.22bn. At the country level, Japan topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.16bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for retail 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 Q4 2018 was the United States with 34 deals, followed by the United Kingdom with eight and Canada with six.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, retail M&As worth $38.6bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 135.9% year on year.

Retail M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five retail M&A deals accounted for 62.7% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $2.67bn, against the overall value of $4.26bn recorded for the quarter.

The top announced retail M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was K2018535347 (South Africa) Proprietary’s $790.32m acquisition of Verimark Holdings.

In second place was Fung Retailing’s acquisition of Toys R Us Asia and Toys R Us Japan for $760m and in third place was Australian Pharmaceutical Industries’ $596.98m acquisition of Sigma Healthcare.

PK Retail Holdings’ $275m acquisition of Good Food Holdings and Farfetch’s acquisition of Stadium Goods for $250m 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.

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.