Is the rise in distressed M&As set to continue?

Mergers and acquisitions in retail have increased 21% in the last year, however the number of distressed deals have decreased. Fast-forward to the second quarter of this year, four of the nine retail M&A deals (44%) involved the acquisition of a distressed retailer. With business overheads hitting all time highs, and employment struggling, it's a good time to be a corporate business looking to absorb a struggling business.

The number of merger and acquisition (M&A) deals targeting UK retailers has increased in the last year, up from 28 transactions to 34 in the last 12 months, as deals in the sector “buck the overall slowdown in M&A”, according to RPC, the international law firm.

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