Total retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2019 worth $25.66bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 38.4% over the previous quarter and a rise of 160.7% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $9.93bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $19.43bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $19.38bn.

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 Q4 2019 was the US with 80 deals, followed by Japan with 27 and the UK with 24.

In 2019, as of the end of Q4 2019, retail M&A deals worth $57.94bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 4.8% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 83% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $21.29bn, against the overall value of $25.66bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s $16.29bn acquisition of Tiffany &

2) The $2.1bn asset transaction with Metro by Wumart Stores

3) CITIC Pacific’s $1.16bn acquisition of Dah Chong Hong Holdings

4) The $1bn asset transaction with Park Place Motorcars by Asbury Automotive Group

5) OptumRx’s acquisition of Diplomat Pharmacy for $738.27m.

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.