Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse: Retail Activity on the Rise

<div class="cms-textAlign-center">Investments in retail analytics helping to drive growth</div>

November 20, 2016, NEW YORK – Dealmakers expect M&A activity in consumer goods and retail to increase, especially in the short term, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP), published in partnership with CT, a provider of business compliance and deal support services.

The MMP is a diffusion index that monitors forward-looking sentiment across a range of mid-market M&A sectors over the coming 3- and 12-month periods. Readings above 50 indicate that professionals expect an expansion in M&A activity and readings below 50 indicate a contraction.

The consumer goods and retail sector, which scored 74.1 for the 3-month forecast and 70.2 for the 12-month forecast, significantly outpaced the scores for overall M&A in the same timeframe, which were 59.4 for the 3-month outlook and 66.2 for the 12-month outlook.

“In particular, M&A professionals are making investments in companies that provide analytics tools to help retailers grow,” said Mary Kathleen Flynn, Editor-in-Chief of Mergers & Acquisitions. “Professionals are also gearing up for the strong sales expected during this year’s holiday season.”


  • Strategic buyers and private equity firms are investing in providers of data and analytics designed to help retailers figure out what’s working and what isn’t
  • Many consumer goods companies have been buying and selling slow-growing product lines to focus on fast-growing brands
  • Professionals are focusing on the shift in consumer spending from the accumulation of goods to experiences, such as travel, entertainment and food

Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse index was developed by SourceMedia Research with the editors of Mergers & Acquisitions to gauge mid-market mergers and acquisitions activity. The MMP is powered by surveys of Mergers & Acquisitions’ audience of unique and qualified professionals in private equity, investment banking, and law firms, corporations, and other M&A advisory entities. A complete analysis of the most recent MMP data is available here.

About SourceMedia
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About SourceMedia Research
SourceMedia Research, a unit of SourceMedia, provides research solutions for marketers, agencies and others targeting business sectors such as banking, payments, mortgage, accounting, insurance, employee benefits and investment advisor / wealth management. SourceMedia Research specializes in reaching senior and C-level decision makers through access to its large proprietary opt-in databases and panels.

About Mergers & Acquisitions
Mergers & Acquisitions covers all aspects of middle-market dealmaking, including identifying acquisition targets, negotiating transactions, performing due diligence, and closing deals. The brand’s website at is continuously updated, providing real-time analysis of news and trends in M&A. Its monthly magazine is published in partnership with the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), a global organization comprised of thousands of private equity firms, corporate officials and intermediaries.

About CT
CT, part of Wolters Kluwer, works with businesses around the world to offer customized capabilities and comprehensive business compliance and deal support services . Drawing on more than a century of experience, CT’s full suite of services can assist you from the beginning stages of due diligence, through the high-pressure stage of closing – offering expertise and continuity at every step of the way.

For more information, please contact:

Dana Jackson

Mary Kathleen Flynn