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Top 250 Global Retailers

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STORES Magazine’s annual list of the world’s Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing is a ranking of the industry’s biggest players by global retail sales.

Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing 2017

Deloitte and STORES Media welcome you to the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing. For 20 years, this annual report has been showcasing the changing global retail landscape. This edition identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for FY2015 (encompassing companies’ fiscal years ended through June 2016) and analyzes their performance based on geographic region, primary product sector, e-commerce activity and other factors.

The report also provides a look at the world’s 50 largest e-retailers, a global economic outlook and trends for retailers to consider in the coming months. Read more about the Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing 2017 and view this year’s list.

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Companies are included in the Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing based on their non-auto retail revenue for the fiscal year. To be included on the list, a company does not have to derive the majority of its revenue from retailing so long as its retailing activity is large enough to qualify. Private equity and other investment firms are not considered as retail entities in this report — only their individual operating companies.

A number of sources were consulted to develop the Top 250 list. The principal data sources for financial and other company information were annual reports, SEC filings and information found in company press releases and fact sheets or on company websites. If company-issued information was not available, other public-domain sources were used, including trade journal estimates, industry analyst reports and various business information databases.

Much of the data for non-U.S. retailers came from Planet Retail, a leading provider of global intelligence, analysis, news, and data covering more than 9,000 retail and foodservice operations across 211 markets around the world. Planet Retail has offices in London, Frankfurt, Hong Kong and New York. For more information please visit

Group Revenue reflects the consolidated net revenue of a retailer’s parent company, whether or not that company itself is primarily a retailer. Similarly, the income/loss and total assets figures also reflect the consolidated results of the parent organization. If a privately held company reports gross turnover only, this figure is reported as Group Revenue and footnoted as “g.” Revenue figures do not include operations in which a company has only a minority interest.

The Retail Revenue figures in this report reflect only the retail portion of the company’s consolidated net revenue. As a result, they may reflect adjustments to reported revenue figures to exclude non-retail operations. Retail Revenue includes foodservice sales if foodservice is sold as one of the merchandise offerings inside the retail store or if restaurants are located within the company’s stores, but excludes separate foodservice/restaurant operations where it is possible to break them out. Retail Revenue also includes sales of services related to the company’s retail activities, such as alterations, repair, maintenance, installation, fuel sales and membership fees. However, retailers that derive the majority of their retail revenue from the sale of motor fuel are considered to be primarily gas stations and are excluded from Top 250 consideration. Retail Revenue includes business-to-business sales made from retail stores, such as warehouse clubs, cash and carry operations, DIY warehouses, automotive parts stores, etc.

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