Total retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2020 worth $19.3bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 6.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 3.3% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $19.11bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, North America held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $8.23bn. At the country level, the US topped the list in terms of deal value at $8.2bn.

In terms of volumes, North America emerged as the top region for retail industry M&A deals globally, followed by Asia-Pacific and then Europe.

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The top country in terms of M&A deals activity in Q4 2020 was the US with 89 deals, followed by China with 20 and Japan with 19.

In 2020, as of the end of Q4 2020, retail M&A deals worth $68.31bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 10.7% year on year.

Retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 56% of the overall value during Q4 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $10.81bn, against the overall value of $19.3bn recorded for the quarter.

The top five retail industry deals of Q4 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Taobao China Holding’s $3.61bn acquisition of A-Rt Retail Holding

2) The $2.1bn acquisition of Supreme Clothing by VF

3) Nitori Holdings’ $2.1bn acquisition of Shimachu

4) The $1.6bn merger of HIMS and Oaktree Acquisition

5) Moncler‘s acquisition of Stone Island for $1.39bn.

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.