2104 - World's Largest Department Store Chains

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

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When looking at a list of the Largest Department and Discount Department Store chains in the world, it seems as if the United States is the obvious leader in department store retailing.  In fact, many of the largest U.S. retail chains also have a leading share of annual global department store sales.  According to the 2014 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.

What follows is a list of the largest department store and discount department store retail chains in the world, according to the 2014 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, compared to a total of 250 global retail chains, when annual revenues were compared.  Click the links to find out more about each individual retail chain. 

2014 World's Largest Department & Discount Department Store Chains in the Global Retail Industry:

10    Target

27    Sears Holdings

36    Macy's

37    TJX

47    Kohl's

57  Marks and Spencer Group plc - U.K.

62  El Corte Ingles S.A. - Spain

64  Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd. - Japan

74    JCPenney

81  J. Front Retailing Co., Ltd. - Japan

86  Nordstrom

97  S.A.C.I. Falabella - Chile

103  Takashimaya Co. Ltd. - Japan

123  Ross Stores

143  Dillard's

150  Don Quijote Co., Ltd. - Japan

162  Lojas Americanas S.A. - Brazil

163  H2O Retailing Corporation - Japan

171 Tokyu Corporation - Japan

180  Coppel S.A. de C.V. - Mexico

190  Central Retail Corporation Ltd. - Thailand

193  Dashang Co. Ltd. - China

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

208  Neiman Marcus

209  Chongqing Department Store Co., Ltd - China

220  Far Eastern Department Stores Ltd. Retail Group - Taiwan

222  Burlington Coat Factory

226  Hudson’s Bay Company - Canada

228  Karstadt Warenhaus GmbH - Germany

234  Woolworths Holdings Limited - South Africa

237  Daiso Sangyo Inc. - Japan

238  Belk, Inc. - U.S.

243  Marui Group Co. Ltd. - Japan

World's Largest Retailers in North America: