In the short term, transactions in the consumer goods and retail sector are expected to proliferate, but after the 2015 holiday season, the forecast for growth is meager, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). (See related graphic.)

The sector’s 3-month outlook score of 74.1 ranks significantly higher than the 3-month score of 61.8 for overall M&A. But the 12-month score for consumer goods and retail drops more than 20 points to 54.2, indicating slower growth over the next year.

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