The Biggest and Best Japanese Retail Chains in 2011

Japan's Retail Companies on the Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing List

Reprinted with permission from Microsoft Office

While Japan's retail economy seemed to sidestep the effects of the global recession better than most other countries, the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami disaster will undoubtedly prove to have an equally devastating effect on Japan's retail industry.

But looking at the 2011 World's Largest Retailers list, compiled by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, the Japanese retail industry moved into new prominence and greater dominance on the global retailing stage while retailers in other countries were scrambling to survive.

The 2011 Global Powers of Retailing rankings are based on FY 2009 revenues, and the upward ranking shifts of Japan's largest retail chains says a lot about Japanese consumer behaviors.

While American consumers were migrating to dollar and discount stores, Japanese consumers were buying electronics. Fast Retailing, K's Holdings, and Kojima all had double-digit global retail ranking improvements selling merchandise to gadget-hungry Japanese consumers. Joshin Denski experienced the most meteoric rise, gaining 30 spots on the 2011 Largest Retailers list.

Consumer electronics chains weren't the only Japanese retail industry winners in the global retail recession. Supermarket chains Life Corp., Valor, and Maruetsu had double-digit rank improvements. Double-digit ranking rises were seen by home improvement retailers Beisia and DCM Japan Holdings as well.

Three new Japanese retail companies joined the 2011 World's Largest Retailers list.

Ketsu Department Stores, Sugi Holdings drug stores, and Fuji Hypermarkets were ranked at #235, #242, and #250 respectively. The Japanese retail industry was the envy of the global retailers in 2009. Retailing in Japan after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami is another story altogether

What follows is a complete list of the Japanese retail companies on the 2011 World's Largest Retailers list.

The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its revenue figures, compared to the 250 largest retail companies worldwide.

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

16    Seven & I Holdings Company, Ltd.
Convenience/Forecourt Store

18    Aeon Company, Ltd.
Hypermarket/Supermarket/Superstore

37    Yamada Denki Company, Ltd.
Electronics Speciality

62    Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd.
Department Store

77    UNY Company Ltd.
Convenience/Forecourt Store

83    The Dalei, Inc.
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

89    J. Front Retailing Company, Ltd.
Department Store

98    Takashimaya Company, Ltd.
Department Store

103  Beisia Group
Home Improvement

109  Edion Corp.
Electronics Specialty

120  Yodobashi Camera Company Ltd.
Electronics Specialty

124  Fast Retailing Company Ltd.
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

126  K's Holdings Corp.
Electronics Specialty

140  Bic Camera Inc.
Electronics Specialty

142  Tokyu Corp.
Department Store

156  Don Quijote Company Ltd.
Discount Store

161  Life Corp.
Supermarket

164  H2O Retailing Corp.
Discount Store

167  Kojima Company, Lrd.
Electronics Specialty

171  Shimamura Company, Ltd.
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

176  DCM Japan Holdings Company, Ltd.
Home Improvement

187  East Japan Railway Company
Convenience Store/Forecort Store

192  Joshin Denki Company, Ltd.
Electronics Specialty

195  MatsumotoKiyoshi Holdings Company, Ltd.
Drug Store/Pharmacy

199  Helwado Company, Ltd.
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

201  Izumiya Company Ltd.
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

209  Marui Group Company Ltd.
Department Store

216  Valor Company, Ltd.
Supermarket

217  The Maruetsu, Inc.
Supermarket

235  Kinetsu Department Store Co., Ltd.
Department Store

242  Sugi Holdings Co, Ltd.
Drug Store/Pharmacy

250  Fuji Co. Ltd.
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

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