Total consumer industry M&A deals in Q1 2019 worth $3.97bn were announced in the UK, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 161.6% over the previous quarter and a drop of 35.4% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $6.14bn.

The UK held a 15.3% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $25.98bn in Q1 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the UK recorded 76 deals during Q1 2019, marking a decrease of 13% over the previous quarter and a drop of 1.3% over the last four-quarter average.

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The UK consumer industry M&A deals in Q1 2019: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 79.2% of the overall value during Q1 2019.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $3.14bn, against the overall value of $3.97bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q1 2019 was Saputo Dairy’s $1.27bn acquisition of Dairy Crest Group.

In second place was the $900m acquisition of Elemis by L’Occitane International and in third place was Tyson Foods’ $340m asset transaction with BRF.

The $326.32m acquisition of The Fuller’s Beer by Asahi Europe and Koradior’s acquisition of Keen Reach for $304.25m 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.