Expectations for M&A in the consumer goods and retail sector for the short term are high, according to Mergers & Acquisitions’ Mid-Market Pulse (MMP). Participants gave the sector a three-month Composite score of 74.1, far above the 52.8 for overall M&A. (See related chart).

The challenges retailers face, including striking a balance between e-commerce services and brick-and-mortar stores, are driving consolidation in the sector.  For example, discount footwear purveyor DSW Inc. (NYSE: DSW) agreed in February to buy Ebuys Inc. for $62.5 million, in part to expand online.

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