Who, what, why and how
The Top 100 Retailers are ranked by 52/53-week annual retail sales. In all instances, sales used to rank companies are for retail activity in the United States only; footnotes are provided when this is not the case. To arrive at U.S. retail sales figures, a variety of estimation techniques are applied based on publicly disclosed information. For this reason, the figures presented do not always match the companies’ official public filing reports.
Company revenues from non-retailing operating segments are removed unless otherwise noted; system-wide sales are provided when the operation is a franchise.
In keeping with the methodology used in last year’s Top 100, the rankings eliminate fuel sales at locations designated as having a gasoline/fueling station as its primary business. As a result, this year’s Top 100 ranking includes retailers that have convenience as their primary business such as 7-Eleven.
What constitutes a segment Power Player? Any retailer with 2011 U.S. sales equal to or greater than 10 percent of the sales of the category leader.
About Kantar Retail
Kantar Retail (www.kantarretail.com) is a global retail insights and consulting business that works with clients to transform the behavior of shoppers and retailers. Kantar Retail serves the world’s leading retailers and manufacturers and has offices in 15 markets around the globe. By combining the resources of Cannondale, Glendinning, MVI and Retail Forward, the company solves client issues from tactical to strategic. Kantar Retail is headquartered in London and is part of the Kantar Group of WPP.