Industrial deals outpace retail for the first time

More private equity deals were done in the industrial sector than in retail for the first time in 2018, according to Preqin.

Some 908 industrial deals were carried out worldwide last year, compared to 839 in retail. However, the value of those retail deals – $42.4bn – was $13.5bn above the value of industrial transactions.

Private equity real estate deals hit a record $325bn in 2018, slightly above 2017’s $324bn, making it the seventh consecutive year of record-breaking activity. Preqin said it expects those figures to rise by 5% as more information becomes available.

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