The retail and consumer deals market ended 2016 with an increase in deal volume and a decline in deal value when compared to 2015. Total deal volume grew steadily since Q4 2015, and increased by 19% in 2016 compared with 2015. The retail and consumer sector comprised approximately 12% of total US deal volume during 2016 compared to 10% in 2015.
Despite the positive momentum in the volume of deals, deal value declined 56% to $111.9 billion in 2016 from $251.6 in 2015. This was driven by lower average megadeal (transactions exceeding $1.0 billion) value when compared with the previous year.