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 terms of total revenue. But in many ways, European retailing rivals U.S. retailing around the world. Even though seven of the Top 10 retail companies are based in the US, two are in Germany and there is Carrefour S.A. in France.

Retail Companies Based in Europe Ranked Among the 250 Largest Retailers In the World

European retailing has a clearly established presence on the global retail stage. 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 operating within the ranks. Filling out the rest is a strong lean towards the U.S., with a few retailers from Asia—and one from Australia—dotting the list.


#4: Schwarz Group - Germany
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

Revenue: 99,256

#8: Aldi Group - Germany

Supermarkets

Revenue: 84,923

#9: Carrefour - France

Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

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

Supermarkets

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

Hypermarkets

Revenue: 39,646

#27: The IKEA Group - Netherlands

Furniture

Revenue: 37,982

#33: ITM Développement International (Intermarché) - France

Supermarkets

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

Fast-Fashion Clothing

Revenue: 22,602

#43: Coop Group - Switzerland

Cooperative Supermarkets

Revenue: 22,401

Top 50-100

Although the top 10 skewed heavily towards 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

Supermarket

Revenue: 21,905

#50: Système U, Centrale Nationale - France

Supermarket

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

Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

Revenue: 13,042

#78: Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l. - Italy

Supermarket

Revenue: 12,345

#80: ICA Gruppen AB - Sweden

Supermarket

Revenue: 11,824

#86: Décathlon S.A - France

Sporting Goods

Revenue: 11,062

#88: S Group - Finland

Supermarket

Revenue: 10,835

#89: Otto (GmbH & Co KG) - Germany

E-commerce

Revenue: 10,805

#93: Spar Holding AG - Austria

Supermarket

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 for the large percentage of European retailers in the Top 100-150.

#103: dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Co. KG - Germany

Drug Store/Pharmacy

Revenue: 9,616

#106: Dirk Rossmann GmbH - Germany

Drug Store/Pharmacy

Revenue: 9.292

Top 150-250

#108: Louis Delhaize S.A. - Belgium

Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

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

Supermarket

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

Hypermarket/Supermarket/Superstore

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

Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

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

Supermarket

Revenue: 6,021

#164: Axel Johnson AB / Axfood, Axstores - Sweden

Supermarket

Revenue: 6,000

#165: Bauhaus GmbH & Co. KG - Germany

Home Improvement

Revenue: 5,946

#167: Sonae, SGPS, SA - Portugal

Supermarket

Revenue: 5,669

#168: Grupo Eroski - Spain

Supermarket

Revenue: 5,641

#171: Coop Danmark A/S - Denmark

Supermarket

Revenue: 5,602

#179: Deichmann SE - Germany

Apparel/Footwear Specialty

Revenue: 5,310

#180: Coop Norge, the Group - Norway

Supermarket

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

Drug Store/Pharmacy

Revenue: 4,248

#220: McKesson Europe AG (formerly Celesio AG) - Germany

Drug Store/Pharmacy

Revenue: 4,208

#224: SHV Holdings N.V. / Makro - Netherlands

Cash & 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

Supermarket

Revenue: 3,683

#245: Grandvision N.V. - Netherlands

Optical Retail

Revenue: 3,668

#250: Intersport Deutschland eG - Germany

Sporting Goods

Revenue: 3,617