Leading 50 retailers worldwide based on retail revenue 2017

The retail industry encompasses the journey of a good or service. This typically starts with the manufacture of a product and ends with said product being purchased by a consumer from a retailer. As a result of globalization and various trade agreements between markets and countries, many retailers are capable of doing business on a global scale. As of 2017, Wal-Mart was the world's leading retailer with revenues of about 500 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. companies dominate global retail

Many of the world’s leading retailers are American companies. Walmart and Amazon are examples of American retailers doing business around the world. The domestic retail market in the United States is also very competitive, with many companies recording substantial retail sales. The success of U.S. retailers can also be seen through their performance in online retail. Amazon is a prime example of this, with the company’s sales revenue flourishing over the previous years in line with the rise of e-Commerce worldwide.

Leading 50 retailers worldwide in 2017, based on retail revenue

Company (Country of origin)Retail revenue in billion U.S. dollars
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc (United States) 500.34
Costco Wholesale Corporation (United States) 129.03
The Kroger Co. (United States) 118.98
Amazon.com, Inc. (United States) 118.57
Schwarz Group (Germany) 111.77
The Home Depot, Inc. (United States)100.9
Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (United States) 99.12
Aldi Group (Germany)*98.3
CVS Health Corporation (United States) 79.4
Tesco PLC (United Kingdom) 73.96
Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands) **72.3
Target Corporation (United States) 71.88
Aeon Co., Ltd. (Japan)70.1
Lowe's Companies, Inc. (United States)68.62
Albertsons Companies, Inc. (United States) 59.93
Auchan Holding SA (France)**58.61
Edeka Group (Germany)**57.5
Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd. (Japan)**51.9
Rewe Group (Germany) **49.71
JD.com, Inc (China) 49.1
Wesfarmers Limited (Australia) 48.75
Woolworths Limited (Australia)42.89
Casino Guichard-Perrachon S.A. (France)**42.63
Best Buy Co., Inc. (United States) 42.15
Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc (France)***41.54
Metro Ag (Germany) **40.96
The IKEA Group (INGKA Holding B.V.) (Netherlands)37.43
J Sainsbury plc (United Kingdom) 36.6
The TJX Companies, Inc. (United States) 35.87
Loblaw Companies Limited (Canada)**35.15
Publix Super Markets, Inc. (United States)34.84
LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton S.A. (France) 33.3
ITM Développement International (Intermarché) (France)***31.85
Apple Inc. (United States) *30.5
Inditex, S.A. (Spain) **28.9
Suning Commerce Group Co., Ltd. (China) 27.8
Macy's, Inc. (United States) **24.84
H.E. Butt Grocery Company (United States) *24.6
Migros-Genossenschafts Bund (Switzerland) ***24.53
Ceconomy AG (Germany)24.4
Mercadona, S.A. (Spain) 23.68
Dollar General Corporation (United States) 23.47
H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB (Sweden) **23.2
Coop Group (Switzerland) ***22.52
Wm Morrison Supermarkets PLC (United Kingdom) 22.43
Dollar Tree, Inc. (United States) 22.25
X5 Retail Group N.V. (Russia)22.2
Système U, Centrale Nationale (France)***21.61
Groupe Adeo SA (France)***20.89
A.S. Watson Group (Hong Kong SAR)**20.04
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Release date

January 2019



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Supplementary notes

Numbers are rounded.
* Estimate.
** Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales.

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