The Biggest European Retail Chains List

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When taken as a whole, the retail companies headquartered in the countries on the continent of Europe comprise a dominant presence in global retailing. Because of the size of the global Walmart organization, the U.S. retail industry is the largest in total revenue but in many ways, European retailing rivals U.S. around the world with an extensive reach.

Retail Companies Based in Europe Ranked Among the World's 250 Largest

What follows is the complete list of European retailers ranked on the 2016 Global Powers of Retailing list. All revenues are posted in US$Million.

Top 50

Europe has a strong grasp among the Top 50 retailers, with 17 businesses falling within the ranks. Filling out the rest is a strong lean toward the U.S., with a few retailers from Asia—and one from Australia—dotting the list.

#4: Schwarz Group, Germany
Revenue: 99,256

#8: Aldi Group, Germany
Revenue: 84,923

#9: Carrefour, France
Revenue: 84,131

#14: Ahold Delhaize, Netherlands
International food retailer
Revenue: 68,950

#16: Metro AG, Germany
Diversified food and cash/carry retail
Revenue: 64,863

#18 Auchan Holding SA, France
Hypermarkets/Outlets/Convenience stores
Revenue: 57,219

#19: Edeka Group, Germany
Revenue: 53,540

#22: Rewe Group, Germany
Supermarkets/Diversified holdings
Revenue: 44,641

#24: Casino Guichard-Perrachon S.A., France
Hypermarkets/Supermarkets/Discount chains
Revenue: 39,856

#25: Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc, France
Revenue: 39,646

#27: The IKEA Group, Netherlands
Revenue: 37,982

#33: ITM Développement International (Intermarché), France
Revenue: 30,774

#35: LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton S.A., France
Luxury retailer
Revenue: 26,904

#38: Inditex, S.A., Spain
Fashion group/clothing
Revenue: 25,734

#39: Migros-Genossenschafts Bund, Switzerland
Cooperative supermarkets
Revenue: 24,152

#42: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB, Sweden
Fast-fashion clothing
Revenue: 22,602

#43: Coop Group, Switzerland
Cooperative supermarkets
Revenue: 22,401

Top 50–100

Although the top 10 skewed heavily toward the U.S., the Top 50–100 retailers are much more varied, with a considerable change favoring Europe and Asia, where Chinese retailers begin to make an appearance.

#47: Mercadona, S.A., Spain
Revenue: 21,905

#50: Système U, Centrale Nationale, France
Revenue: 20,675

#54: Groupe Adeo SA, France
Home improvement
Revenue: 17,959

#56: Jerónimo Martins, SGPS, S.A., Portugal
Discount store
Revenue: 16,174

#71: El Corte Inglés, S.A., 13,306
Department store
Revenue: 13,306

#72: Coop Italia, Italy
Revenue: 13,042

#78: Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l., Italy
Revenue: 12,345

#80: ICA Gruppen AB, Sweden
Revenue: 11,824

#86: Décathlon S.A., France
Sporting goods
Revenue: 11,062

#88: S Group, Finland
Revenue: 10,835

#89: Otto (GmbH & Co KG), Germany
Revenue: 10,805

#93: Spar Holding AG, Austria
Revenue: 10,447

#97: Tengelmann Warenhandelsgesellschaft KG, Germany
Home improvement
Revenue: 9,856

#98: Distribuidora Internacional de Alimentación, S.A. (Dia, S.A.), Spain
Discount store
Revenue: 9,809

Top 100–150

Retailers from the Eurozone and Asia really started filling out the list after the Top 100. Keep in mind that the list takes currency fluctuations into account when calculating placement. Germany, France, and Belgium make up the large percentage of European retailers in the Top 100–150.

#103: dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG, Germany
Revenue: 9,616

#106: Dirk Rossmann GmbH, Germany
Revenue: 9.292

#108: Louis Delhaize S.A., Belgium
Revenue: 9,181

#110: NorgesGruppen ASA, Norway
Discount store
Revenue: 9,081

#114: Dansk Supermarked A/S, Denmark
Discount store
Revenue: 8,554

#117: FNAC Darty (formerly Groupe FNAC S.A.), France
Consumer electronics
Revenue: 8,206

#119: Colruyt Group, Belgium
Revenue: 8,027

#126: Kesko Corporation, Finland
Home improvement
Revenue: 7,743

#127: Dufry AG, Switzerland
Travel retailer
Revenue: 7,736

#128: Kering S.A., France
Apparel/footwear specialty
Revenue: 7,727

#131: Esselunga S.p.A., Italy
Revenue: 7,644

#132: C&A Europe, Belgium/Germany
Apparel/footwear specialty
Revenue: 7,373

#134: Reitan Group, Norway
Discount store
Revenue: 7,312

#138: Compagnie Financière Richemont SA, Switzerland
Luxury retail
Revenue: 7,007

#145: Globus Holding GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Revenue: 6,764

Top 150–250

The study contained interesting information, such as the fact that two-thirds of the world's retailers operated outside their home country, and that slightly over 22 percent of their revenue streams were from foreign operations. Included on the list are some additional countries, Portugal and Norway, who have only one spot on the list.

#163: Jumbo Groep Holding B.V., Netherlands
Revenue: 6,021

#164: Axel Johnson AB / Axfood, Axstores, Sweden
Revenue: 6,000

#165: Bauhaus GmbH & Co. KG, Germany
Home improvement
Revenue: 5,946

#167: Sonae, SGPS, SA, Portugal
Revenue: 5,669

#168: Grupo Eroski, Spain
Revenue: 5,641

#171: Coop Danmark A/S, Denmark
Revenue: 5,602

#179: Deichmann SE, Germany
Apparel/footwear specialty
Revenue: 5,310

#180: Coop Norge, the Group, Norway
Revenue: 5,290

#187: Gruppo Eurospin, Italy
Discount Store
Revenue: 5,144

#204: Hermès International SCA, France
Apparel/footwear specialty
Revenue: 4,613

#205: XXXLutz Group, Austria
Other specialty
Revenue: 4,606

#217: Müller Holding Ltd. & Co. KG, Germany
Revenue: 4,248

#220: McKesson Europe AG (formerly Celesio AG), Germany
Revenue: 4,208

#224: SHV Holdings N.V. / Makro, Netherlands
Cash and carry/warehouse club
Revenue: 4,159

#225: HORNBACH Baumarkt AG Group, Germany
Home improvement
Revenue: 4,083

#227: Zalando SE, Germany
Consumer electronics
Revenue: 4,025

#242: Coop Sverige AB, Sweden
Revenue: 3,683

#245: Grandvision N.V., Netherlands
Optical retail
Revenue: 3,668

#250: Intersport Deutschland eG, Germany
Sporting goods
Revenue: 3,617