The flood of retail mergers has spiked in 2004 and into 2005. The number of hefty deals completed in the past 18 months (worth $300 million or more) has gone up considerably over the previous two years. Here, we provide a list of the big deals that illustrates the ramp-up in activity

2005 FEB Federated Department Stores and May Department Stores merge in a deal worth about $17 billion.
MAR Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Bain Capital LLC and Vornado Realty Trust acquire Toy's ‘R’ Us in a $6.6 billion deal.
2004 APR JCPenney sells the Eckerd drugstore chain to CVS for $4.5 billion.
JUN May Department Stores buys Marshall Field's from Target Corp. for $3.2 billion.
JUL Sun Capital Partners Inc., Cerberus Capital Management L.P. and Lubert-Adler and Klaff Partners acquire Mervyn's from Target for $1.2 billion.
NOV Barneys and Jones Apparel Group Inc. merge in a $397 million deal.
NOV Kmart and Sears sign a definitive merger agreement to form Sears Holding Corp. in a $12.3 billion deal.
2003 FEB Limited Inc. recombines with Intimate Brands in a $1.5 billion deal.
FEB Phillips-Van Heusen acquires Calvin Klein for $575 million.
JUL VF Corp. buys Nautica for $604 million.
JUL Nike scoops up Converse for $350 million.
NOV TBC Corp. acquires National Tire and Battery for $260 million.
Source: Smith Barney