The 12 most powerful retail companies in America

We recently released our list of
the most powerful companies in America, breaking down which ones command the most influence.

To determine how powerful each company is, we factored together revenue, number of employees, press mentions, and social media influence as ranked on a scale of 1 to 100 by Klout, a site that analyses social-media influence. You can read our full methodology here.

Walmart took the top spot on our list, and Target came in at No. 2.

In fact, many of the companies on the list fell within the retail realm, so we broke these companies out here into their own separate list.

Keep scrolling to see the most powerful retail companies in America.

5. Pepsi


2014 revenue: $US66.7 billion

Number of employees: 271,000

Despite a major slump in soda sales, America's leading beverage producer found ways to remain profitable. PepsiCo, which operates out of Purchase, New York, owns 22 of the most well-known food and drink brands in the world, including Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Tropicana, which all earned more than $US1 billion in sales in 2014.

With a Klout score of 89, PepsiCo came up just behind its competitor, Coca-Cola, in terms of social-media influence.

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