Total consumer industry M&A deals in March 2019 worth $572.62m were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 72.5% over the previous month and a drop of 73.4% when compared with the last 12-month average of $2.15bn.

The UK held an 8.7% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $6.56bn in March 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 23 deals during March 2019, marking a decrease of 28.1% over the previous month and a drop of 11.5% over the 12-month average.

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By GlobalData

The UK consumer industry M&A deals in March 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 85.8% of the overall value during March 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $491.47m, against the overall value of $572.62m recorded for the month. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal in the UK tracked by GlobalData in March 2019 was Koradior’s $304.25m acquisition of Keen Reach.

In second place was the $132.08m acquisition of Mint Velvet by Lewis Trust Group and in third place was Ulster Weavers’ $19.68m acquisition of J Rosenthal & Son.

The $17.83m acquisition of Golden Truth Enterprises by LanLing International and Teal Brands’ asset transaction with Mothercare for $17.63m 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.