Global Top 250 Retailers Sales Jump 6% to Over $3 trillion in 2006: Deloitte Report

Consumers spent $3.01 trillion with the top 250 retailers in the world between July 1, 2005, and June 30, 2006, an increase of 6% over the same period a year ago, according to "The Global Powers of Retailing 2007" report from Deloitte and STORES magazine.

According to the report, the retail sales data shows that consumer spending around the globe reached an impressive $90,000 per second, or $5.4 million per minute, at the world’s 250 biggest retailers.  

The top 10 largest retailers (6 US companies and 4 European companies) reported combined sales of $885 billion in fiscal 2005, or 29.4% of total Top 250 retail sales. This represents a robust 11.7% gain over their 2004 sales.  Wal-Mart alone, with $312 billion in retail sales, accounted for more than 10% of the total.

World's Top 10 Retailers by sales (2005-2006)

DT Rank (FY 05)

Name of Company

Country of Origin

2005 
Retail Sales (US$ millions)

5 yr Retail Sales CAGR % (Local Currency)

1

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

US

312,427

11.6%

2

Carrefour S.A.

France

92,778

2.8%

3

The Home Depot, Inc.

US

81,511

12.3%

4

Metro AG

Germany

69,134

5.0%

5

Tesco plc

UK

68,866

12.8%

6

Kroger

US

60,553

4.3%

7

Target Corp.

US

52,620

7.4%

8

Costco Whole-sale Corporation

US

51,862

10.4%

9

Sears Holdings Corp. (formerly Kmart Corp)

US

49,124

5.8%

10

Schwarz Unternehmens Treuhand KG

Germany

45,891 e

13.0%

Source: Deloitte's "The Global Powers of Retailing 2007" report

Other Highlights on Global 250 Retailers:

53 retailers of the Top 250 are predominantly Hardlines & Leisure Goods retailers, with Home Depot (#3 overall) is the highest ranking company in this group.

The Fashion Goods sector is comprised of 47 retailers that operate primarily in softgoods retailing formats. 

US-based firms dominate the Top 250 list with 93 companies, and account for 37.2% of Top 250 retailers in number and 45.6% of top 250 retail sales volume. 

The 34 companies based in Japan are the second-largest group by country of origin. 

To be among the Top 250 largest retailers in the world required sales of at least $2.5 billion in fiscal 2005, up from last year’s $2.3 billion.

The 50 fastest-growing retailers over the 2000-2005 period grew their sales at a compound annual rate of 24.3% on average.

Nearly 20% of the top 250 saw retail sales decline during the period, with nearly half of these based in Europe.  

The average net profit margin for companies in the top 250 increased 3.5%, compared with last year’s 2.7% and 1.7% in 2000.  

Latin American retailers were the most profitable by region, with net income averaging 4.4% of sales, while Asia Pacific retailers were the least profitable at 2.9% on average. 

United Kingdom companies led Europe with a 5.5% average net profit margin, while German retailers reported an average profit margin of just 2%.

"The Global Powers of Retailing 2007" ranks the largest 250 retailers worldwide by revenue, based on publicly available data for the companies' fiscal years ended during the period from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006.

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