Total US retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2018 worth $787.44m were announced, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked a decrease of 46.4% over the previous quarter and a drop of 8.3% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $859m.

The United States held a 9.4% share of the global retail industry M&A deal value that totalled $8.37bn in Q4 2018.

In terms of deal activity, the United States recorded 35 deals during Q4 2018, marking a rise of 16.7% over the previous quarter and a rise of 16.7% over the last four-quarter average.

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

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 88.5% of the overall value during Q4 2018.

The combined value of the top five retail industry M&A deals stood at $697m, against the overall value of $787.44m recorded for the quarter. The top announced retail industry M&A deal tracked by GlobalData in Q4 2018 was Farfetch’s $250m acquisition of Stadium Goods.

In second place was the $198m acquisition of InMotion Entertainment Group by WH Smith and in third place was FanzzLids Holdings’ $101m acquisition of LIDS Sports Group.

The $88m acquisition of City Gear by Hibbett Sports and Service.com’s asset transaction with Sears for $60m 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.