World's Largest U.S. Retail Chains in 2015

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The annual list of World's Largest Retail Chains always contains all of the biggest and most recognized American retailers.  But even though the U.S. is considered to be the dominant country in the global retail industry, the 2015 list of Largest U.S. Retail Chains is shorter, compared to the 2014 Largest U.S. Retail Chains list.  With 12 U.S. retail chains falling off, and just four new qualified additions, the 2015 World's Largest U.S.

Retail Chains list is a little less U.S. dominant.  

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Walmart, Costco, Kroger, Home Depot and Target remain the leaders of the U.S. retail industry.  Overall, 76 of the 250 retail chains with the largest annual revenue in the world are American retailers. That means that 30% of the the global retail chains that qualified for the 2015 Word's Largest Retail Chains list are based in the U.S.  That's down from 33% from the 2014 global retail revenue rankings. 

All of this is according to the 2015 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is published each year by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.

  The 2015 Global Powers list includes privately-held U.S. retail companies as well as U.S. government-run military retail organizations, which will make it significantly different from the 2015 Fortune 500 list.  Also, the 2015 Global Powers of Retailing report is based on 2013 revenue figures, so it lags behind and is a little less relevant to those interested in the U.S. retail industry than the annual 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 retail chains in the world usually remains relatively unchanged from year to year, there were big shifts in the rankings of the 2015 World's Largest Retailers on the Global Powers list.   

None of the most dramatic year-over-year changes for U.S. retailers on the 2015 Global Powers list will be surprising to anyone who closely followed the U.S. retail industry in the 2013 calendar year. 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 2014 and 2015 Global Powers reports for the largest U.S. retail chains were:

  • Costco became the second largest retail chain in the world.  Although the annual revenue of the #1 Walmart retail chain is still four times higher than Costco's annual revenue, having U.S. retail chains in the top two positions is historically significant. 
  • Albertson's made a meteoric rise from #240 on the 2014 list to #43 on the 2015 list after an acquisition of 870 stores caused the chain to grow 489.7%.
  • The largest U.S. convenience store chains - Sheetz, the Pantry, Casey's General, Wawa, QuikTrip, and RaceTrac - fell off the list of largest U.S. retail chains.  This was not because of revenue drops, but because the Global Powers list makers determined that retail operations which derive a majority of retail revenue from fuel would not be included on the 2015 list, which is a reversal of its 2014 parameters and methodology.   
  • Radio Shack and Dell didn't qualify for the 2015 largest U.S. retailer list, which is a reflection of nothing more than a struggle with maintaining retail relevance and a shrinking customer base.

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This is a list of the 2015 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, which is based on retail sales revenue for FY 2013.

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The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, compared to the 250 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 also included on the next page. 

2015 Top 100 Largest U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retailers List:

1      Wal-Mart

2      Costco

6      The Kroger Company

9    Home Depot

10    Target

11    Walgreens

12    CVS Caremark

15    Amazon.com

20    Lowe's

25    Best Buy

29    Sears Holdings

    30    Safeway

    35    Publix

    34    Macy's

    36    TJX

    37    Rite Aid

    43  Albertson's

    45    H.E. Butt Grocery Company

    46  Apple Retail

    51    Kohl's

    56    Dollar General

    61    The Gap

    64    Meijer

    73  Whole Foods Market

    77    Toys 'R Us

    80  Nordstrom

    76    Staples

    82    jcpenney

    83    BJ's Wholesale Club

    90  Bed Bath and Beyond

    93  L Brands (Limited Brands)

    96  Family Dollar

    99  Liberty Interactive Corporation (QVC)

    100  Ross Stores

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    When comparing the annual retail sales revenue of the largest retail chains in the world, it's no surprise that the biggest American retail chains comprise about 30% of that list.  Family Dollar, GameStop, and Dollar Tree are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains which are the most popular with American shoppers, retail job seekers, and retail investors.

     

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    While the Top 200 American retail chains might not be as familiar to global consumers as the Top 100 U.S. retailers, the top 200 U.S. retailers are well known national and regional retail chains that American consumers have put onto the annual 2014 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is based on FY 2013 retail sales revenue figures.

    What follows is a list of the biggest American retail chains that are ranked as being some of the largest retail chains in the world in terms of annual retail sales revenue.  Use the links to find out more about retail jobs, investments, and website shopping for each of these Top 200 retailers.

      This list is arranged according to the ranking each retail chain received, when compared to all of the largest retail chains in the world on the 2015 Global Powers report.  The number in the left column is the revenue ranking number, relative to a total of 250 of the world's largest retailers.

    2015 Biggest American Retail Sales Revenues - Top 200 on the 2015 Global Powers of Retailing Report:

    102 Southeastern Grocers (Formerly Bi-Lo Holdings)

    106  Giant Eagle

    110  Menard, Inc.

    114  AutoZone

    115  GameStop

    118    SuperValu

    126  Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

    130  Hy-Vee

    133  Dollar Tree

    139  Wegmans Food Markets

    140  PetSmart

    145  O'Reilly Automotive

    146  Dillard's

    147  Foot Locker

    154  Advance Auto Parts

    158    Office Depot

    159  Sherwin-Williams

    160 Defense Commissary Agency (DECA)

    161 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

    165  WinCo Foods

    170  Nike Inc.

    171  Big Lots

    175 Tractor Supply Company

    190  Ascena Retail Group

    191  Harris Teeter (Ruddick Co.)

    193  Neiman Marcus

    194  Michaels Stores, Inc.

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    What are the Top 250 U.S.-based retail chains on the 2015 world's largest global retail chain revenue rankings list?

    More than 75 of the largest U.S. retail chains are ranked as being among the top 250 global retail chains in the annual rankings published by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine.  Coach, Forever 21, Tiffany, and Neiman Marcus are just some of the U.S.

    retail chains with high enough annual retail sales to be included on the 2015 World's Largest Retail Chains list.  And even though the U.S. retailers listed on this page are in the bottom 25% of the 250 largest retail companies in the world, it doesn't diminish the significance of being qualified to be ranked as one of the World's Largest Retail chains, no matter what the ranking number.

    The list below is arranged according to the ranking number that was assigned to each U.S. retail chain, after comparing each retail chain's revenue to the retail sales revenue of the 250 largest global retail chains.  The number in the left column is that retail ranking out of a total of 250.  Click the links to be taken directly to each company's retail website for shopping, jobs, or current investment news and information. 

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    Largest U.S. Retail Chains on the Top 250 Global Retail Chain Rankings - 2015 Global Retailing Comparison List (continued):

    201  Burlington Coat Factory

    203  Save Mart Supermarkets

    204  Williams-Sonoma

    209 Coach

    210 Demoulas Super Markets

    211  Barnes & Noble

    211  Berkshire Hathaway Retail Operations

    219  Abercrombie & Fitch

    221  Belk

    224 Forever 21

    230  Roundy's Supermarkets

    232 Academy + Sports Outdoors

    236  Stater Brothers

    243  Discount Tire/America's Tire

    244 Tiffany & Co.

    245  Ralph Lauren

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