Total retail venture financing deals in Q4 2018 worth $309.08m were announced globally, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 7.7% over the previous quarter and a drop of 49.5% when compared with the last four-quarter average, which stood at $612.16m.

Comparing deals value in different regions of the globe, Asia-Pacific held the top position, with total announced deals in the period worth $111.22m. At the country level, the United States topped the list in terms of deal value at $106.48m.

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

The top country in terms of venture financing deals activity in Q4 2018 was the United States with 30 deals, followed by China with seven and India with five.

In 2018, as of the end of Q4, retail venture financing deals worth $2.07bn were announced globally, marking a decrease of 10.2% year on year.

Retail venture financing deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five retail venture financing deals accounted for 48.9% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five retail venture financing deals stood at $151.2m, against the overall value of $309.08m recorded for the quarter.

The top announced retail venture financing deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Boubyan Petrochemical’s $45m venture financing of Boutiqaat for Makeups and Perfumes.

In second place was Immensus Capital’s venture financing of Ruigushop.com for $33m and in third place was Gan Jiawei, Hillhouse Capital Group, IDG Capital, MSA Capital and Yunjiu’s $30m venture financing of SongShuPinPin.

Beijing Wenhua Haihui, Haitong Innovation Securities Investment, Haitong Kaiyuan Investment, Hua Partners and Shenzhen Huanuo Innovate Technology’s $23.2m venture financing of Shenzhen Core Technology and Gulf Islamic Investments’ venture financing of mumzworld.com for $20m 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.