World's Largest Retailers by Country

Global Powers of Retailing Names Biggest and Best Retail Chains Worldwide

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Each country has a retailer that is the biggest and best, and when comparing the biggest retail chains, the Global Powers of Retailing report reigns supreme. The report, compiled by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, lists the retailers who are leading the way for the retail industry.

The Global Powers of Retailing report ranks global retailers according to total revenue. The 2018 report reflects the revenue that was generated in the fiscal year 2016.

Wal-Mart is still, by far, the largest retailer in the world, with a couple of the United States' other retailers coming in second and third, Costco and Kroger, respectively. The U.S. has the most retailers -- 80 -- on the list of the top 250 retailers in the world. Japan ranks second with 32 countries.

What follows is the list of the largest retail company in 29 countries, according to the fiscal year 2016 revenue. The list below is arranged alphabetically by country, not according to sales or revenue. The list also includes their industry and operational format.

World's Largest Retailers by Country 

  1. United States: Wal-Mart, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 1 in global retail ranking
  2. Australia: Wesfarmers Limited, Supermarket; no. 21 in global retail ranking
  3. Austria: Spar Holding AG, Supermarket; no. 93 in global retail ranking
  4. Belgium: Louis Delhaize S.A., Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 108 in global retail ranking
  5. Bermuda: Signet Jewelers Limited, Other Specialty; no. 153 in global retail rank
  6. Brazil: Lojas Americanas S.A., Discount Department Store; no. 185 in global retail ranking
  7. Canada: Loblaw Companies Limited, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 30 in global retail ranking
  8. Chile: Cencosud S.A, Supermarket; no. 64 in global retail ranking
  9. China: Gome Home Appliance Group, Electronics Specialty; no. 81 in global retail ranking
  10. Denmark: Dansk Supermarked A/S, Discount Store; no. 114 in global retail ranking
  11. Finland: Kesko Corporation, Home Improvement; no. 126 in global retail ranking
  12. France: Carrefour S.A., Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 9 in global retail ranking
  13. Germany: Schwarz Group, Discount Store; no.4 in global retail ranking
  14. Hong Kong SAR: A.S. Watson Group, Drug Store/Pharmacy; no. 51 in global retail ranking
  15. Italy: Coop Italia, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 72 in global retail ranking
  16. Japan: Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., Department Store; no. 83 in global retail ranking
  17. Mexico: FEMSA Comercio, S.A. de C.V., Convenience/Forecourt Store; no. 100 in global retail ranking
  18. Netherlands: Ahold Delhaize (formerly Koninklijke Ahold N.V.), Supermarket; no. 14 in global retail ranking
  19. Norway: NorgesGruppen ASA, Discount Store; no. 110 in global retail ranking
  20. Portugal: Sonae, SGPS, SA, Supermarket; no. 167 in global retail ranking
  21. Russia: PJSC "Magnit", Convenience/Forecourt Store, no. 57 in global retail ranking
  22. South Africa: Steinhoff International Holdings N.V, Other Specialty: no. 68 in global retail ranking
  23. South Korea: Lotte Shopping Co., Ltd., Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 40 in global retail ranking
  24. Spain: Inditex, S.A., Apparel/Footwear Specialty; no. 38 in global retail ranking
  25. Sweden: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Apparel/Footwear Specialty; no. 42 in global retail ranking
  26. Switzerland: Migros-Genossenschafts Bund, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 39 in global retail ranking
  27. Taiwan: 54 President Chain Store Corp., Convenience/Forecourt Store; no. 154 in global retail ranking
  28. Thailand: CP ALL Plc., Convenience/Forecourt Store; no. 75 in global retail ranking
  29. Turkey: BİM Birleşik Mağazalar A.Ş., Discount Store; no. 149 in global retail ranking
  30. UAE: Emke Group / Lulu Group Internationa, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 141 in global retail ranking
  31. United Kingdom: Tesco PLC, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore; no. 11 in global retail ranking