Thursday, June 28, 2007

2007 Global Powers of Retailers

This report by Deloitte identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on
publicly available data for the companies’ fiscal year 2005 (ended July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006). The report
also provides an outlook for the global economy; an analysis of market capitalization in the industry; and a
discussion of major challenges facing today’s retailers.


  • Although the global economy has begun to show some signs of stress, fiscal 2005 proved to be another healthy year for the
world’s leading retailers. Total retail sales for the Top 250 reached $3.01 trillion, up 6.0% from last year’s Top 250 total
of $2.84 trillion. Year-over-year growth, based on this year’s list of companies only, proved even more robust, with an 8.8%
increase over the group’s prior-year sales of $2.76 trillion.

  • The ten largest retailers continue to capture market share.
These retail powerhouses (six US companies and four 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 results, mostly as the result
of continued strong organic growth.

  • The Africa/Middle East region has five companies among the Top 250. All are based in South Africa. Metcash Trading
(Africa) has dropped from # 81 in 2004 to #230 in this year’s ranking, having sold its Australasian operations to Metcash

  • Although international sales are becoming increasingly important to many large retailers’ growth strategies, foreign
operations still account for only 14.4% of the Top 250 companies’ retail sales, on average, up 1.8 percentage points
from 12.6% in 2000.

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