Business Pulse — June 2018
In 2018, a noticeable shift in corporate divestiture trends has taken place. During the first quarter, the number of U.S. corporate divestiture transactions was up 8.2 percent over the same period in 2017, according to S&P Capital IQ. This marks the first increase in quarter over previous year quarter activity since the third quarter of 2014. This trend is in stark contrast to the 9.5 percent decline in average annual divestitures that has taken place since 2013.