By Jim Costello on August 17th, 2017
Deal volume normally takes a break for the summer. As investors depart for vacations in the Hamptons or Mykonos, activity will typically tend to fall to low levels in July. Still, preliminary figures for last month suggest that volume was weaker even than July last year.
Looking at July deal volume across the sectors, some investors clearly have had more free time than others this summer. Investors in the retail sector are likely to have a good tan and some stories from the beach: preliminary deal volume fell off more strongly for this sector than for any others in July.
Investors in the industrial sector were busy. Deal activity grew year-over-year, preliminary figures suggest, and volume for the year-to-date is also up.
Will overall deal volume bounce back after Labor Day? If volume follows traditional monthly patterns, we should see increased levels of monthly activity later in the year.
Yes, activity for the year to date is lower than it was in 2015 and 2016, but volume is still on pace to exceed that seen for 2013 and 2014.
The July in Review edition of US Capital Trends will be published on August 24.