The World's Largest U.S. Retail Chains

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The U.S. maintains its 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.

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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 a 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.

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    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. 

    2014 Top 100 Largest U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retailers List:

    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

    63    Meijer

    68    Toys 'R Us

    74    JCPenney

    76    Staples

    86  Nordstrom

    87  Whole Foods Market

    88    BJ's Wholesale Club

    90  Bed Bath and Beyond

    95  L Brands (Limited Brands)

    99  Liberty Interactive Corporation (QVC)

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    When comparing the retail sales revenues of the largest retail chains in the world, it's no surprise that a significant number of the world's largest retail chains are based in the U.S.  Ross, Family Dollar, GameStop, and PetSmart are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains where American consumers look to not only for brick-and-mortar and website shopping but also for retail jobs and retail investments.  While the Top 200 biggest American retail chains might not be as familiar as the Top 100 around the world, they 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 2012 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 2014 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.

    2014 Biggest American Retail Sales Revenues - Top 200 on the 2014 Global Powers of Retailing Report:

    101  Giant Eagle

    102 Bi-Lo Holdings

    123  Ross Stores

    109  Family Dollar

    110  Menard, Inc.

    111  Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

    115    SuperValu

    117  GameStop

    119  AutoZone

    120  The Pantry

    131  Hy-Vee

    134  Dollar Tree

    136  Casey's General Stores

    139  PetSmart

    141  Wegmans Food Markets

    143  Dillard's

    147    The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company

    148  Wawa

    153  QuikTrip

    154  O'Reilly Automotive

    155  Foot Locker

    157 Defense Commissary Agency (DECA)

    158    Office Depot

    160  Advance Auto Parts

    161  Dick's Sporting Goods

    164  Sheetz

    173  Sherwin-Williams

    174  Big Lots

    176  WinCo Foods

    194 Tractor Supply Company

    195  Barnes & Noble

    198  Harris Teeter (Ruddick Co.)

    199  Abercrombie & Fitch

    200 Coach

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    More than 80 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.  Dell, Nike, RadioShack, and Neiman Marcus are just some of the U.S. retail chains with high enough annual retail sales to be included on the 2014 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 included on the 2014 World's Largest Retailers list, 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. 

    Largest U.S. Retail Chains on the Top 250 Global Retail Chain Rankings - 2014 Global Retailing Comparison List (continued):

    204  Save Mart Supermarkets

    206  Michaels Stores, Inc.

    207    Dell

    208  Neiman Marcus

    210 Nike Inc.

    214  RadioShack

    218  OfficeMax

    221  RaceTrac Petroleum

    222  Burlington Coat Factory

    227  Williams-Sonoma

    231 Demoulas Super Markets

    232 Susser Holdings (Susser Convenience Stores)

    238  Belk

    240  Albertson's

    242  Roundy's Supermarkets

    245  Stater Brothers

    250  Golub Corporation / Price Chopper Supermarkets

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