The World's Largest U.S. Retail Chains in 2017

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The U.S. maintains its dominance in global retailing on the 2017 list of the world's largest U.S. retail chains with nine American retail chains making it into the coveted top 20 listing of the largest retailers worldwide, according to the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing report, which is published each year by and . Not only is the retail industry the largest industry in the U.S., retail chains founded in the States are aggressively expanding their retail operations overseas and are becoming more visible, more prevalent, and more dominant on the global retail stage.

Power Rankings by Number

The U.S. companies ranked on the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing list vary somewhat from the annual Fortune 500 list, which is generally focused on publicly traded U.S. retail companies. Included in the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing list are privately-held companies, as well as government retail operations. Also, the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing report is based on 2014 revenue figures, so it lags behind the latest Retail Fortune 500 rankings. What the annual Global Powers report does provide, however, is a global ranking by the number which provides a comparative perspective on retailing trends worldwide.

While the global ranking of the largest U.S. retail chains usually remains relatively unchanged from year to year, there were big shifts in the rankings of the 2017 World's Largest Retailers on this year's list.  Some of those big shifts moved the largest U.S. retail chains higher up in ranking, while others moved down in ranking, and others, like F.A.O Schwartz, moved off the list completely.

None of the most dramatic year-over-year changes for U.S. retailers on the 2017 Global Powers list will be surprising to anyone who closely follows the U.S. retail industry. But, the value of the Global Powers list each year is in having an easy reference which reveals how changes in the U.S. retail industry compare to changes in the retail industry in countries around the world.

 
The 4 Most Significant Changes Among Retailers Between the 2014 and 2017 List Include:

  • Costco maintained its position as a member of the Top Five Retail Chains in the World club, ahead of Kroger and moved into the #2 position.  Kroger moved up from its #5 ranking from last year's world's largest list to hold the #3 spot. 
  • Amazon maintained it's position in the top twenty of all retailers in the world in terms of revenue and now holds the #12 spot as opposed to its last ranking in the #16 spot.  Rival Best Buy's revenue continued to fall keeping it out of the exclusive top 20 largest retail chains in the world rankings and it's now in the #25 spot.
  • Seven U.S. retail chains have been included on the 2017 Largest U.S. Retail Chains list, including Michaels, Nike, Demoulas Super Markets, Susser Holdings, Belk, Alberson's and Stater Holdings. 
  • Behemoth Target slipped one spot and fell from the #10 spot to the #11 spot. 

3 Most Significant Changes in Consumer Preferences 

Less is more in 2017 with customers defining themselves less by how many things they own and more by how curated their lives are in terms of possessions and experiences. Today, consumption of "experiences" has outpaced the consumption of "goods" by a factor of three over the last two years.

The following economy has taken hold in the retail world with customers seeking experiences and products that reflect the personal brands they promote and see promoted, on social media.

The retailization of the world is a by-product of the sharing economy, the maker movement, and other factors that make it increasingly difficult to define what a retailer is and does. As disruptive and alternative business models persist, retailers will need to reinvent themselves. One retailer that has accomplished that quite successfully is the Home Shopping Network, a newcomer to this year's list.

How to Read The List

What follows is a complete list of the U.S. retail chains that were ranked on the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing list. The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its FY2015 sales figures, compared to other top retail organizations worldwide.

Use the links to find out more about the news, jobs, and retailing information for each of these Top 100 U.S. based retail companies.  More rankings of the largest U.S. retail chains are included on the next page. 

2017 top 100 Largest U.S. Based Retail Companies on World’s Largest Retailers List:

1      Wal-Mart

2      Costco

3     The Kroger Company

  • Investors Information for Kroger

9    Home Depot

11    Target

10    Walgreens

14    CVS Caremark

  • Investors Information for CVS Caremark (CVS)

16    Amazon.com

18    Lowe's

25    Best Buy

30    Safeway

31    Sears Holdings

35    Publix

  • Investors Information for Publix
  • Publix Jobs and
  • Publix Stores Retail Website

35    Macy's

33    TJX

38    Rite Aid

46    H.E. Butt Grocery Company

53    Kohl's

48  Apple Retail

54    Dollar General

62    The Gap

64    Meijer

78    Toys 'R Us

79    JCPenney

85    Staples

74  Nordstrom

70  Whole Foods Market

80    BJ's Wholesale Club

81  Bed Bath and Beyond

95  L Brands (Limited Brands)

89  Liberty Interactive Corporation (QVC)

  • Investors Information for Liberty Media (LMCA)

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When comparing the retail sales revenues of the largest retail chains in the world, it's no surprise that a significant number of the world's largest retail chains are based in the U.S.  Ross, Family Dollar, GameStop, and PetSmart are just some of the largest U.S. retail chains that American consumers frequent, not only for brick-and-mortar and website shopping but also for retail jobs and retail investments.  While the Top 200 biggest American retail chains might not be as familiar as the Top 100 retail chains around the world, they are still well-known national and regional chains.

What follows is a list of the biggest American retail chains ranked as being some of the largest in the world in terms of annual retail sales revenue. Use the links to find out more about retail jobs, investments, and website shopping for each of these Top 200 retailers. This list is arranged according to the ranking each retail chain received when compared to all of the largest retail chains in the world on the 2017 Global Powers report.  The number in the left column is the revenue ranking number, relative to a total of 250 of the world's largest retailers.

2017 Biggest American Retail Sales Revenues - Top 200 on the 2017 Global Powers of Retailing Report:

110  Giant Eagle

89 Bi-Lo Holdings

91  Ross Stores

98  Family Dollar

  • Family Dollar Jobs and

106  Menard, Inc.

130  Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES)

112    SuperValu

114  GameStop

113  AutoZone

​​118  Hy-Vee

  • Hy-Vee Jobs and

​​147  Dick's Sporting Goods

  • Investors Information for Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)

​​173  Sherwin-Williams

215  Barnes & Noble

248  Abercrombie & Fitch

232 Coach

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Sixty-four of the largest U.S. retail chains are among the top 250 global retail chains in the annual rankings published by  and .  Dell, Nike, Belk, and Neiman Marcus are just some of the U.S. retail chains with high enough annual retail sales to be included on the 2017 World's Largest Retail Chains list.  And even though the U.S. retailers listed on this page are in the bottom 25 percent of the 250 largest retail companies in the world, it doesn't diminish the significance of being included on the list.

The list below is arranged according to the ranking number that was assigned to each U.S. retail chain, after comparing each retail chain's revenue to the retail sales revenue of the 250 largest global retail chains.  The number in the left column is the retail ranking out of a total of 250.  Click the links to be taken directly to each company's retail website for shopping, jobs, or current investment news and information. 

Largest U.S. Retail Chains on the Top 250 Global Retail Chain Rankings - 2017 Global Retailing Comparison List (continued):

204  Save Mart Supermarkets

206  Michaels Stores, Inc.

207    Dell

208  Neiman Marcus

210 Nike Inc.

​​218  OfficeMax

221  RaceTrac Petroleum

222  Burlington Coat Factory

227  Williams-Sonoma

231 Demoulas Super Markets

232 Susser Holdings (Susser Convenience Stores)

238  Belk

240  Albertson's

242  Roundy's Supermarkets

  • Investors Information for Roundy’s Supermarkets (RNDY)

245  Stater Brothers

250  Golub Corporation / Price Chopper Supermarkets

  See also... What is the Largest Single Retail Store in the World? >>

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