2018 - World's Largest Department Store Chains

Target, Macy's, Kohl's, Marks and Spencer Top the List

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While perusing a list of the largest department and discount department store chains in the world, it seems that the United States holds the position as the obvious leader in department store retailing.

Chains with the Largest Share of Total Industry Sales

Many of the largest U.S. retail chains also have a leading share of annual global department store sales. According to the 2018 Global Department Store Retailing report published by UK research firm Verdict (now GlobalData), these are the retail chains with the biggest global department store market shares:

6.4% Macy’s

4.7% Sears

4.3% Kohl’s

3.0% Marks & Spencer

2.9% Nordstrom

2.7% Isetan Mitsukoshi

2.4% El Corte Ingles

2.4% JCPenney

Even though U.S. department store chains seemingly dominate, that same department store retailing report predicts that the biggest department store growth in the world will be happening in China, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific region in the coming years. Department store retailing in North America, Europe, and Japan is expected to decline during that same time period.

2018 World's Largest Department & Discount Department Global Store Chains

The following lists the largest department store and discount department store retail chains in the world, according to the 2018 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is published each year by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.

The number in the left column represents the ranking that each company received, out of the top 250 global retail chains, when compared on the basis of annual revenues (revenue figures are based on 2016 performance). Click the links to find out more about each individual retail chain.

The Stores List

#13 Target

#32 TJX

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#37 Macy's

#45   Sears Holdings

#52 Kohl's

#65 Nordstrom

#67 Marks and Spencer Group plc - U.K.

#71 El Corte Ingles S.A. - Spain

#73 Ross Stores

#77 JCPenney

#87 Hudson’s Bay Company - Canada

#95 S.A.C.I. Falabella - Chile

#107 J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd. - Japan

#118 Central Retail Corporation Ltd. - Thailand

#129 H2O Retailing Corporation - Japan

#130 Takashimaya Co. Ltd. - Japan

#133 Don Quijote Co., Ltd. - Japan

#155 Dillard's

#169 Coppel S.A. de C.V. - Mexico

#172 Burlington Coat Factory

#185 Lojas Americanas S.A. - Brazil

#190 Neiman Marcus

#191 Woolworths Holdings Limited - South Africa

#196 El Puerto de Liverpool, S.A.B. de C.V. - Mexico

#211 Tokyu Corporation - Japan

#228 Chongqing Department Store Co., Ltd - China

#235 Dashang Co. Ltd. - China