Total retail industry M&A deals in Q1 2020 worth $2.41bn were announced in the US, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 86.9% over the previous quarter and a drop of 55.9% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $5.47bn.

The US held a 10.8% share of the global retail industry M&A deal value that totalled $22.26bn in Q1 2020.

In terms of deal activity, the US recorded 96 deals during Q1 2020, marking a rise of 21.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 29.7% over the last four-quarter average.

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By GlobalData

The US retail industry M&A deals in Q1 2020: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 85% of the overall value during Q1 2020.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $2.05bn, against the overall value of $2.41bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q1 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) US Foods Holding’s $970m acquisition of Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores

2) The $549m acquisition of The Kroger by Berkshire Hathaway

3) 1-800-FLOWERS.COM’s $252m acquisition of Personalizationmall.Com

4) The $163m acquisition of Barstool Sports by Penn National Gaming

5) WHP Global’s asset transaction with Tailored Brands for $115m.

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.