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Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

Top 100 U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retail List

Largest Retailers in the World – US companies (with Research Indexes)

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The U.S. maintains it dominance in global retailing on the 2014 list of all world’s largest U.S. retail chains.  With seven new American retail chains joining the world’s largest retailer list, now 33% of the 250 largest retail companies in the world are based in the United States, according to the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is published each year by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine. Not only is the retail industry the largest industry in the U.S., retail chains founded in the U.S. are aggressively expanding their retail operations overseas and are becoming more visible, more prevalent, and more dominant on the global retailing stage.

The U.S. companies ranked on this world’s largest list vary somewhat from the annual Fortune 500 list, which is generally focused on publicly traded U.S. retail companies. Included in this global ranking are privately-held companies, as well as government retail operations. Also, the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing report is based on 2012 revenue figures, so it lags behind the latest Retail Fortune 500 rankings. What the annual Global Powers reports do provide, however, is a global ranking number which provides comparative perspective on retailing trends worldwide.

While the global ranking of the largest U.S. retail chains usually remains relatively unchanged from year to year, there were big shifts in the rankings of the 2014 World’s Largest Retailers on the Global Powers list.  Some of those big shifts moved the largest U.S. retail chains up in the global retailing ranks, and some of those changes from last year’s reports moved U.S. retailers down and off the list of world’s largest.

None of the most dramatic year-over-year changes for U.S. retailers on the 2014 Global Powers list will be surprising to anyone who closely follows the U.S. retail industry. But the value of the Global Powers list each year is in having an easy reference which reveals how changes in the U.S. retail industry compare to changes with retail industries in countries around the world.

The most significant changes between the 2013 and 2014 Global Powers reports for the largest U.S. retail chains were:

  • Costco became a member of the Top Five Retail Chains in the World club, jumping ahead of Kroger into the #3 position.  Kroger maintained its #5 ranking from last year’s world’s largest list.
  • Amazon rose 7 ranking positions, making it into the top twenty of all retailers in the world in terms of revenue.  During the same comparable fiscal year, rival Best Buy’s revenue fell, dropping the chain out of the exclusive 20 largest retail chains in the world rankings
  • Seven U.S. retail chains have been included on the 2014 Largest U.S. Retail Chains list, including Michaels, Nike, Demoulas Super Markets, Susser Holdings, Belk, Alberson’s and Stater Holdings.
  • Bass Pro Shops is the only U.S. retail chain that dropped off the 2014 list and is no longer one of the 250 largest U.S. retail chains in the world.

What follows is a complete list of the U.S. retail chains that were ranked on the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing list. The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its sales figures, compared to other top retail organizations worldwide.

This is a list of the 2014 Top 100 U.S. based retail companies included on the World’s Largest Retailers list published each year by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.  This list of the largest U.S. retail chains is arranged according to the ranking each of the biggest and best U.S. retail companies received on the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing report, based on retail sales revenue for FY 2012.

The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, compared to the other largest retail chains and companies worldwide. Use the links to find out more about the news, jobs, and retailing information for each of these Top 100 U.S. based retail companies.  More rankings of the largest U.S. retail chains are included on the next page.

1      Wal-Mart

3      Costco

5      The Kroger Company

8    Home Depot

10    Target

11    Walgreens

12    CVS Caremark

16    Amazon.com

21    Lowe’s

23    Best Buy

25    Safeway

27    Sears Holdings

35    Publix

36    Macy’s

37    TJX

38    Rite Aid

46    H.E. Butt Grocery Company

47    Kohl’s

50  Apple Retail

56    Dollar General

59    The Gap

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