The 15 Most Dominant Retailers In The World

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Global retail sales are expected to slow this year as China and the rest of the BRICs face tightening monetary policy and weaker demand abroad.That’s the takeaway from Deloitte’s annual ranking of the top 250 retail chains by sales. While 2011 figures saw modest gains — U.S. sales grew 7.7 % — Deloitte sees the world economy decelerating in 2012.

Retailers targeting upscale consumers could see a more favourable environment. But the average consumer remains on uncertain financial footing and will seek out lower costs, the report states.

The leaders are a diverse mix of superstores, grocers, drug stores and wholesale providers.  U.S. firms prevail, but German groups make a strong showing.

And sales at the No. 1 firm in the world were 3.5 times greater than at No. 2.

 

Groupe Auchen SA

Country: France

2010 Sales: $55.2 billion

Type: Superstore

# countries of operation: 13

Seven & i Holdings Co. Ltd.

Country: Japan

2010 Sales: $57 billion

Type: Convenience stores

# countries of operation: 18

CVS Caremark Corp.

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $57.3 billion

Type: Drugstore

# countries of operation: 1

Rewe Group

Country: Germany

2010 Sales: $61.1 billion

Type: Supermarket

# countries of operation: 13

Target Corp.

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $65.8 billion

Type: Superstore

# countries of operation: 1

Aldi

Country: Germany

2010 Sales: $67.1 billion

Type: Discount Store

# countries of operation: 18

Walgreen Corp.

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $67.4 billion

Type: Drugstore

# countries of operation: 2

Home Depot

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $68 billion

Type: Home improvement

# countries of operation: 5

Costco

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $76.3 billion

Type: Wholesale

# countries of operation: 9

Schwarz Unternehmenstreuhand KG

Country: Germany

2010 Sales: $76.3 billion

Type: Wholesale

# countries of operation: 9

Kroger

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $82.2 billion

Type: Supermarket

# countries of operation: 1

Metro AG

Country: Germany

2010 Sales: $89 billion

Type: Wholesale

# countries of operation: 33

Tesco

Country: U.K.

2010 Sales: $92 billion

Type: Superstore

# countries of operation: 13

Carrefour

Country: France

2010 Sales: $120 billion

Type: Superstore

# countries of operation: 33

Wal-Mart

Country: U.S.

2010 Sales: $419 billion

Type: Superstore

# countries of operation: 16

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