Total consumer industry M&A deals in February 2019 worth $2.41bn were announced in the United Kingdom, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 83.5% over the previous month and a drop of 29.2% when compared with the last 12-month average of $3.41bn.

The United Kingdom held a 32.4% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $7.44bn in February 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the United Kingdom recorded 28 deals during February 2019, marking an increase of 33.3% over the previous month and a rise of 12% over the 12-month average.

The United Kingdom consumer industry M&A deals in February 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 96.3% of the overall value during February 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $2.32bn, against the overall value of $2.41bn recorded for the month. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in February 2019 was Saputo Dairy’s $1.27bn acquisition of Dairy Crest Group.

In second place was the $417.51m acquisition of P&O Ferries by DP World and in third place was Tyson Foods’ $340m asset transaction with BRF.

The $194.3m acquisition of Nature Delivered by Unilever and Britannia Hospitality’s asset transaction with Northcote Hotel for $100.12m 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.