The Biggest European Retail Chains List

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.

While Walmart is the largest global retailer by far in terms of revenue, the other four retail companies in the top five are all based in Europe, according to the 2010 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is published each year by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.

Of the top ten retail companies in the world, five of them are from the U.S. and the other five are located in Europe. Out of the 250 retail companies that are ranked on the latest Global Powers of Retailing 82 of them are U.S. retail industry companies, and 86 of them are European retail companies. European retailing has clearly established its presence on the global retailing stage.

What follows is the complete list of European retailers ranked on the 2010 Global Powers of Retailing list. The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its revenue figures, compared to other top retail organizations worldwide.

Retail Companies Based in Europe Ranked Among the 250 Largest Retailers In the World in 2010:

2      Carrefour
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
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3      Metro AG
Germany
Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club
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4      Tesco plc
U.K.


Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
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5      Schwarz Untemehmens Treuhand KG
Germany
Discount Store

9      Aldi GmbH & Company oHG
Germany
Discount Store

11    Rewe-Zentral AG
Germany
Supermarket

13    Groupe Auchan S.A.
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

18    Contres Distributeurs E. Leclerc
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

19    Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG
Germany
Supermarket

22    ITM Developpement International (intermarche)
France
Supermarket

24    Casino Guichard-Pernachon S.A.
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

25    Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
Netherlands
Supermarket
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30    The IKEA Group
Sweden
Other Specialty
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32    WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
U.K.


Supermarket

33    Delhaize Group
Belgium
Supermarket
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34    Systeme U, Centrale Nationale
France
Supermarket

38    Mercadona, S.A.
Spain Supermarket
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39    PPR S.A.
France
Specialty Stores

40    Migros-Genossenschafts Bund
Switzerland
Supermarket
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41    El Corte Ingles, S.A.
Spain
Department Store

46    Coop Italia
Italy
Supermarket
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47    Kingfisher plc
U.K.
Home Improvement

49    Louis Delhaize S.A.
Belgium
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

51    Marks & Spencer Group
U.K.
Department Store

52    Coop Group
Switzerland
Supermarket

54    Inditex S.A.
Spain
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

58    Tengelmann Warehandelsgesellschaft KG
Germany
Home Improvement

60    H&M Hennes & Maruitz AB
Sweden
Apparel-Footwear Specialty

61    ICA AB
Sweden
Supermarket

64    LFMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton
France
Specialty Stores

65    DSG International plc
U.K.
Electronics Specialty

66    Groupe Adeo
France
Home Improvement

68    S Group
Finland
Supermarket

69    Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l.
Italy
Supermarket

70    Otto (GmbH & Co KG)
Germany
Non-Store

71    Arcandor AG
Germany
Non-Store

72    SPAR Osterreischische
Austria
Supermarket
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73    Alliance Boots GmbH
U.K.


Drug Store/Pharmacy

74    Kesko Corp.
Finland
Home Improvement

76    Grupo Eroski
Spain
Supermarket

78    Dansk Supermarked A/S
Denmark
Discount Store

79    John Lewis Partnership plc
U.K.
Supermarket

83    Co-operative Group Ltd.
U.K.
Supermarket

86    Home Retail Group plc
U.K.
Specialty Stores

88    Reitangruppen AS
Norway
Discount Stores

89    Fa. Anton Schlecker
Germany
Drug Store/Pharmacy

94    Jeronimo Martins, SGPS S.A.
Portugal
Discount Store
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99    C&A Europe
Belgium/Germany
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

114  Esselunga S.p.A.
Italy
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

119  Ets Franz Colruyt S.A.
Belgium
Supermarket

121  FDB (Coop Danmark A/S)
Denmark
Supermarket

122  Oxylane Group (Decathlon Group)
France
Specialty Stores

132  Globus Holding GmbH& Company KG
Germany
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

135  dm-drogerie markt GmbH + Company KG
Germany
Drug Store/Pharmacy

139  SHV Holdings N.V./Makro
Netherlands
Cash & Cary/Warehouse Club

140  Sonae Distribuicao SGPS S.A.
Portugal
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

141  Groupe Galeries Lafayette S.A.
France
Department Store

147  Parktiker Bau- und Heinwerkermarkte Holding AG
Germany
Home Improvement

150  Dirk Rossmann GmbH
Germany
Drug Store/Pharmacy

124  Next plc
U.K.


Apparel/Footwear Specialty

154  KF Gruppen
Sweden
Supermarket

158  Celesio AG
Germany
Drug Store/Pharmacy

163  Norma Lebensmittelfilliabetrieb GmbH & Company KG
Germany
Discount Store

164  Apoteket AB
Sweden
Drugstore/Pharmacy

170  Douglas Holding AG
Germany
Specialty Stores

172  Coop Norge A/S
Norway
Supermarket

176  Maxeda Retail Group B.V.
Netherlands
Home Improvement

177  NorgesGruppen ASA
Norway
Supermarket

180  Deichmann Group
Germany
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

156  Luxottica Group S.p.A.
Italy
Specialty Stores

188  Bauhaus GmbH & Company KG
Germany
Home Improvement

189  Groupe Vivarte
France
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

197  Blokker Holding N.V.
Netherlands
Specialty Stores

162  Poslovni Sistern Mercator, d.d.
Slovenia
Supermarket

204  Associated British Foods plc Primark
U.K.
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

206  HORNBACH-Baumarket-AG Group
Germany
Home Improvement

211  Arcadia Group Ltd.
U.K.
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

214  Debenhams plc
U.K.
Department Store

223  Iceland Foods Group Ltd.
U.K.
Supermarket

224  Finiper S.p.a.
Italy
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

226  The Game Group plc
U.K.
Specialty Stores

227  Axfood AB
Sweden
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

231  Dunnes Stores Ltd.
Republic of Ireland
Department Store

234  Lagardere Services S.A.
France
Specialty Stores

243  Compagnie Financhere
Switzerland
Specialty Store

245  Systembolaget
Sweden
Specialty Stores

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