The UK consumer industry saw a rise of 19.8% in overall deal activity during Q4 2018, when compared with the last four-quarter average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 127 deals worth $8.12bn were announced in Q4 2018, compared to the last four-quarter average of 106 deals.

M&A was the leading category in the quarter with 86 deals which accounted for 67.7% of all deals.

In second place was venture financing with 30 deals, followed by private equity with 11 transactions, respectively accounting for 23.6% and 8.7% of overall deal activity in the country’s consumer industry during the quarter.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading deal category in the UK consumer industry with total deals worth $7.52bn, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $329.26m and $274.14m, respectively.

UK consumer industry deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five consumer deals accounted for 84.3% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry deals stood at $6.85bn, against the overall value of $8.12bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced UK consumer industry deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Unilever’s $5.36bn asset transaction with GlaxoSmithKline.

In second place was the $716.5m acquisition of Mabel Topco by The Restaurant Group and in third place was Cola Holdings’ $340.11m asset transaction with Hilton London Kensington.

The $256.45m private equity deal with Premiership Rugby by CVC Advisers and Texhong Textile Group’s acquisition of Winnitex, Zhejiang Qing Mao Weaving, Dyeing and Printing for $172.8m 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.

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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.