Kantar Retail’s latest rankings of the top 50 retailers show dramatic change among the top three US retailers, some movement at the top of the global top 50 list along with some global newcomers and departures.

The rankings are estimates based on 2016 final results and 2017 year-to-date results, and include five-year sales projections for each retailer.

Highlights among the top 50 US retailers include:

  • Walmart and Kroger retained their positions as the top two US retailers.
  • Amazon continues to advance both globally and in the US. The retailer climbed to third place from the seventh in 2016, knocking Costco down to fourth place.
  • Also in the top 10, Target, Lowe’s, and Albertsons Companies retained their 2016 rankings.
  • Following the two retailers’ merger, Ahold Delhaize continues to linger just outside the top 10 in 11th place.
  • Our coverage revision welcomed Good Neighbor Pharmacy to the list in 40th place.
  • PetSmart also advanced into the top 50, landing in 46th place.
  • Following its spinoff of Save-A-Lot, SuperValu, which was 35th on last year’s list, dropped out of the top 50 altogether.
  • Toys R Us also dropped off the list after appearing at the bottom of the 2016 top 50.

Highlights among the top 50 global retailers include:

  • Only Walmart and Amazon retained their positions in the top three. Walmart remains the leader, followed by Amazon in second place. Costco climbed into the top three from its fifth- place rank in 2016. Schwarz Group, last year’s second-ranked retailer, dropped two spots to fourth.
  • Among the top 10, Aldi and Walgreens Boots Alliance retained their respective positions.
  • New to the list this year:
    • China’s JD.com is back in the rank following our analysts’ revaluation of its operation.
    • China Resources Enterprise earned the 44th spot on the list.
    • ICA Group moved up to 45th from 51st last year after acquiring the Nordic operations of the former Ahold.
    • Two US retailers also qualified for the global top 50: Dollar General landed in the 48th spot and H-E-B claimed the 50th.
  • Metro AG and Ceconomy, the two companies spun off from Metro Group, landed in 27th and 42nd place, respectively. Before the spinoff, Metro Group was ranked 13th.
  • Système U fell to 46th place from 35th last year, while Mercadona fell to 49th place from 41st in 2016.
  • A thorough revision of Chinese retailer Suning by our analysts resulted in the retailer dropping outside the top 50, to 52nd place.
  • Our currency exchange revisions significantly impacted four retailers: Russia’s Magnit and X5 Group, Japan’s Lawson, and Chile’s Cencosud all dropped out of the top 50.

Download the full list of the top 50 US retailers for 2017.

Download the full list of the top 50 global retailers for 2017.

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