The US retail industry saw a drop of 13.6% in overall deal activity during August 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 38 deals worth $1.55bn were announced in August 2019, compared to the 12-month average of 44 deals.

M&A was the leading category in the month in terms of volume with 24 deals which accounted for 63.2% of all deals followed by venture financing with 14 deals which accounted for 36.8% of overall deal activity in the country’s retail industry.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading deal category in the US retail industry with total deals worth $1.11bn, while venture financing deals totalled $436.33m.

US retail industry deals in August 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry deals accounted for 84.6% of the overall value during August 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $1.31bn, against the overall value of $1.55bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of August 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) Liberty Tax‘s $753.65m acquisition of Vitamin Shoppe

2) The $175m venture financing of Thredup by Irving Investors and Park West Asset Management

3) Highland Capital Partners, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & BYERS, LCH Partners, Oak Capital Management, Riverwood Capital and Stamos Capital Partners‘ $150m venture financing of Enjoy Technology

4) The $132.9m asset transaction with Sears Hometown & Outlet Stores by Liberty Tax

5) Le Tote’s acquisition of Lord & Taylor for $100m.

Verdict deals analysis methodology

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.