Q1 witnessed a significant decline in M&A activity, with a notable drop in deal volumes, especially in buy-out transactions, down by over 70% compared to the same period last year. The financial landscape was marked by challenges in obtaining traditional financing, leading to an increase in vendor loans. Additionally, the Q1 results of listed consumer companies showed substantial price hikes at branded consumer goods firms, offsetting inflationary pressures, but online companies experienced negative real growth. Branded consumer goods companies are responding to inflation by implementing significant price hikes. Online companies, however, continue to experience negative real growth, possibly as a lingering post-COVID effect.


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