Total retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2019 worth $19.38bn were announced in the US, according to GlobalData’s deals database.

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The value marked an increase of 683.7% over the previous quarter and a rise of 1566.2% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $1.16bn.

The US held a 75.6% share of the global retail industry M&A deal value that totalled $25.66bn in Q4 2019.

In terms of deal activity, the US recorded 80 deals during Q4 2019, marking a rise of 9.6% over the previous quarter and a rise of 11.1% over the last four-quarter average.

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By GlobalData

The US retail industry M&A deals in Q4 2019: Top deals

The top five retail industry M&A deals accounted for 97.4% of the overall value during Q4 2019.

The combined value of the top five retail M&A deals stood at $18.88bn, against the overall value of $19.38bn recorded for the month.

The top five retail industry deals of Q4 2019 tracked by GlobalData were:

1) LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton’s $16.29bn acquisition of Tiffany &

2) The $1bn asset transaction with Park Place Motorcars by Asbury Automotive Group

3) OptumRx’s $738.27m acquisition of Diplomat Pharmacy

4) The $450m acquisition of American Freight Group by Franchise Group

5) WH Smith’s acquisition of Marshall Retail Group for $400m.

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.