Total retail industry private equity deals in Q1 2019 worth $3.48bn were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 61.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 125.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $1.54bn.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Europe held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $2.56bn. At the country level, Spain topped the list in terms of deal value at $1.78bn.

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

The top country in terms of private equity deals activity in Q1 2019 was the UK with seven deals, followed by the US with three and France with three.

In 2019, as of the end of Q1 2019, retail private equity deals worth $3.48bn were announced globally, marking an increase of 1457.6% year on year.

Retail industry private equity deals in Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry private equity deals accounted for 90.8% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail industry private equity deals stood at $3.16bn, against the overall value of $3.48bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced retail industry private equity deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was LetterOne Holdings’ $1.78bn private equity deal with Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentacion.

In second place was the $569.23m private equity deal with Casino Guichard-Perrachon by Fortress Investment Group and in third place was Starboard Value’s $350m private equity deal with Dollar Tree.

The $300m private equity deal with Maurices by OpCapita Consumer Opportunities Fund II and Ares Management and Crescent Capital Group’s private equity deal with Savers for $165m 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.