Total US consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $33.84bn were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 92.2% over the previous quarter and a rise of 8.8% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $31.1bn.

The United States held a 53.7% share of the global consumer industry M&A deal value that totalled $63.01bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United States recorded 287 deals during Q4 2018, marking a rise of 7.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 19.1% over the last four-quarter average.

US consumer industry M&A deals in Q4 2018: Top deals

The top five consumer industry M&A deals accounted for 56.6% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five consumer industry M&A deals stood at $19.14bn, against the overall value of $33.84bn recorded for the quarter. The top announced consumer industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Altria Group’s $12.8bn acquisition of JUUL Labs.

In second place was the $1.85bn acquisition of International Speedway by NASCAR Media Group, and in third place was CJ CheilJedang’s $1.84bn acquisition of The Schwan Food.

The $1.4bn acquisition of NutriSystem by Tivity Health and Energizer’s acquisition of Spectrum Brands for $1.25bn 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.