The US retail industry saw a drop of 2.4% in overall deal activity during July 2019, when compared with the last 12-month average, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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A total of 43 deals worth $453.58m were announced in July 2019, compared to the 12-month average of 42 deals.

Venture financing was the leading category in the month in terms of volume with 25 deals which accounted for 58.1% of all deals.

In second place was M&A with 15 deals, followed by private equity with three transactions, respectively accounting for 34.9% and 7% of overall deal activity in the country’s retail industry during the month.

In terms of value of deals, M&A was the leading deal category in the US retail industry with total deals worth $340.03m, while private equity and venture financing deals totalled $113.55m and $0m, respectively.

US retail industry deals in July 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry deals accounted for 83.8% of the overall value during July 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail deals stood at $380m, against the overall value of $453.58m recorded for the month.

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

1) Etsy‘s $275m acquisition of

2) The $63m acquisition of Franklin Bioscience – Penn by Jushi Holdings

3) L Catterton Growth Fund, Unilever Ventures and University Growth Fund’s $20m venture financing of Koco Life

4) The $15m venture financing of Panty Prop by The Craftory

5) Afore Capital, Foundation Capital, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Trail Mix Ventures’ venture financing of Bulletin for $7m.

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.