America’s Largest Retailers: Brick-and-Mortars Dominate

July 3, 2013

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Retail & E-Commerce

STORES-Top-10-US-Retailers-in-2012-July2013The annual STORES Top 100 Retailers report has been issued, showcasing the, well, largest retailers in the US. The list is notable in that it is dominated by brick-and-mortars, with only 2 pure-play e-commerce retailers making the top 100 list. To put that in context, the combined 2012 sales of those 2 online retailers ( at #11 and Dell at #83) was an estimated $38.8 billion, a figure that would put them only in the 9th spot on the list. The top spot of course belongs to Wal-Mart with a massive $328.7 billion in 2012 sales.

After Wal-Mart, there’s a large drop-off to the nation’s second-largest retailer, Kroger, with roughly $92.2 billion in 2012 sales. Target ($72 billion) and Costco ($71 billion) are virtually tied for the third spot, with Home Depot ($66 billion) edging CVS ($63.7 billion) for the 5th position.

Some highlights from the study:

  • Among the top 10 retailers, only Walgreen (-1.2%) saw a year-over-year decline in sales in 2012;
  • Save for McDonald’s (40.3%), the US accounted for at least 70% of worldwide sales for each of the US’ top 10 retailers;
  • Among the top 100 US retailers, Bi-Lo (formerly Winn-Dixie Stores; #45) enjoyed the biggest year-over-year increase in sales, of 353%, followed by Apple Stores / iTunes (#19; 34.6%) and (30.4%);
  • J.C. Penney (#29) suffered the biggest decrease in sales, of 24.7%; and
  • Each of the US’ top 10 retailers count the US as their home country.

About the Data: All figure are estimates based on Kantar Retail research and company reports. All retail sales estimates are excluding wholesale and non-retail services (not sold at store).


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