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The Deloitte Consumer Products M&A Survey: Feeling the pinch

January 2013

The Deloitte Consumer Products M&A Survey - January 2013

The Deloitte Consumer Products M&A Survey – Feeling the pinch, is the fifth biannual survey of CEOs, CFOs and M&A directors of leading Consumer Product companies.   The report provides Deloitte insights from a macro-economic perspective and analysis of M&A activity across the key Consumer Products sub sectors within the UK market.

In response to this report, Corporate Finance Leader in the Deloitte Consumer Business & Transportation team, Nisha Dharamlall, commented on the M&A activity in South Africa: 

‘Despite the sluggish economic recovery, subdued consumer confidence and continued uncertainty regarding the future in the UK, we expect M&A activity in Africa to continue on an upward historic trend, with M&A activities on the continent being underpinned by high economic growth and the mining and energy sectors.  This has increased opportunities in retail and FMCG sectors.’

‘However, the overall M&A trend in South Africa has reflected that of Europe, where the economic environment is surrounded by negative sentiment. This is explored further in our Consumer Products M&A Survey which discusses where, even in the depressed European environment, M&A activity has been sustained primarily by the consumer business industry, especially the food and beverage sector, and been spurred on by distressed sales, market consolidation and international expansion.’

‘Although South Africa has been unable to escape the uncertainty of the Eurozone crisis, where the Consumer Confidence Index is at -3, and consumer spending is low, relying mainly on the provision of credit for growth, the local economy is forecast to expand by 2.6% during the year.’


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