office for national statistics

Business, industry and trade

3 March 2020

Mergers and acquisitions involving UK companies: October to December 2019

Main points

  • In Quarter 4 (Oct to Dec) 2019, cross-border mergers and acquisitions (M&A) involving a change in majority share ownership saw notable decreases in both value and number, while domestic M&A recorded an increase in the value but a fall in the number of deals.
  • During January to December 2019, the estimates for the values of inward and domestic M&A saw notable decreases from 2018; outward M&A also fell.

The ONS is today also publishing an article giving an annual overview of M&A activity for the calendar year 2020.

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The annual article link is here