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Giants Of Retail: The World’s 25 Largest Retailers By Revenue, 2017


In this climate of rapidly-shifting landscape and increasingly competitive retail market, Walmart is still king of retail jungle, according to analysis by Deloitte, the professional services firm. The Global Powers of Retailing report puts together the world’s 250 largest retailers based on publicly available information for the 2015 financial year.

Warehouse club operator Costco was second with $116.1 billion retail revenue compared to Walmart’s $482 billion, followed by supermarket giant Kroger with $109.3 billion. Germany’s Schwarz remained in 4th place with strong growth (+8.1%), to $94.4 billion.

Meanwhile, for the first time e-commerce juggernaut Amazon.com made it into the world’s 250 largest retailers list, as measured by revenue — with US$79.3 billion in retail revenue. The Jeff Bezos-led company is aggressively expanding its delivery network.

Giants Of Retail: The world’s 25 Largest Retailers By Revenue, 2017

RankCompanyCountryRetail Revenue
1Wal-Mart Stores, IncUS482.1 billion
2Costco Wholesale CorporationUS116.2 billion
3The Kroger Co.US109.8 billion
4Schwarz Unternehmenstreuhand KGGermany94.4 billion
5Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.
(formerly Walgreen Co.)
US89.6 billion
6Home Depot, Inc.US88.5 billion
7Carrefour S.A.France84.9 billion
8Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Co. oHGGermany82.1 billion
9Tesco PLCUK81.0 billion
10Amazon.com, IncUS79.2 billion
11Target CorporationUS73.7 billion
12CVS Health CorporationUS72.0 billion
13Metro AgGermany68.0 billion
14Aeon Co., LtdJapan63.6 billion
15Lowe's Companies, Inc.US59.0 billion
16Auchan Holding SA
(formerly Groupe Auchan SA)
France59.0 billion
17Albertsons Companies, Inc.US58.7 billion
18Edeka GroupGermany52.4 billion
19Casino Guichard-Perrachon S.A. France51.2 billion
20Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd.Japan47.7 billion
21Wesfarmers LimitedAustralia44.6 billion
22Rewe CombineGermany43.6 billion
23Koninklijke Ahold N.V. (now Ahold Delhaize)Netherlands42.4 billion
24Woolworths LimitedAustralia41.3 billion
25Best Buy Co., IncUS39.5 billion
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Anna Papadopoulos
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