Sector Snapshot

While the retail industry experienced an M&A slowdown for the first six months of 2013, "the second half of the year saw a significant pickup," says John Berg, CEO of retail-focused investment bank Financo. A low supply of high-quality assets, coupled with the large amounts of cash the strategic buyers and private equity groups have on hand, is leading to bidding wars for desirable retailers. In turn, the bidding wars are leading to companies grabbing very high multiples.

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