CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - Oct 26, 2012) - An emerging middle class in developing countries is creating unprecedented opportunity for expansion in the consumer brands sector that could result in game-changing mergers and acquisitions this year, according to the new IMAP Global Consumer Report 2012.

IMAP, a provider of premium M&A services worldwide, reports that the digital revolution is radically changing the way consumers and companies behave. The emerging middle class is well-connected and adopting technology much faster than the middle class in developed countries. Driven by improvements in real-time technology, they seek special offers and discounts. As a result, companies are experimenting with dynamic and fast-changing pricing models. 

"By 2020, annual spending by the global middle class is predicted to rise to a staggering US$20 trillion," said Gareth Iley, from Clearwater Corporate Finance, an IMAP Partner firm in UK, "This gives consumer brands an unprecedented opportunity to expand internationally. There have been a number of large transactions in the consumer sector over recent months as big players seek to realign their portfolios and pick up the nimble smaller players. Activity is expected to continue through the rest of the year. There are opportunities for game-changing deals to be done."

All of these topics and more are covered in The Global Consumer Report 2012, categorized into six chapters:

  • Global Market Overview
  • Emerging Middle Class
  • Brand Strategies
  • Technology Change
  • Hot Topics
  • M&A Activity

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IMAP periodically issues reports on all major industries, providing a global perspective on M&A activity for a given period. IMAP's reports are a result of internal information gathered for completed M&A projects from IMAP's locations in more than 40 countries throughout the world, as well as external industry sources. To view IMAP's complete Global Consumer Report 2012 and other industry reports, visit:

About IMAP
IMAP is an exclusive global M&A partnership formed in 1973 and located in more than 40 countries throughout North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and Asia. IMAP completed 227 M&A deals and 38 capital-raising mandates in all industries in 2011. IMAP ranked first worldwide and in Europe in the Thomson Reuters League Tables for the number of deals in the healthcare industry with a value of up to US$500 million. IMAP advisers provide strategic merger, acquisition, divestiture and related corporate finance services with essential local market knowledge, and industry expertise delivered with unparalleled global reach. More information is available via the Internet at

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