2013 Top 100 Retailers List Shows Continued Industry Growth

3406Washington–In the race to make it to the top, many of the same retailers scored among the Top 10 in the 2013 Top 100 Retailers list. In fact, nine of the top 10 maintained their status from last year.

The annual ranking of U.S. retailers by domestic sales, featured in the July issue of Stores magazine, was compiled by Kantar Retail and sponsored by Island Pacific and Kronos.

Walmart remains at the top of the list, raking in $328.7 billion in 2012, and Kroger, reporting more than $92 billion in sales in 2012, maintained the No. 2 spot for the fourth year in a row.

Costco (4), The Home Depot (5) and Safeway (9) each moved up a single spot, and McDonald’s (10) joined the top 10 list for the first time in the survey’s history, reporting more than $35.5 billion in sales in 2012. Target (3), CVS Caremark (7) and Lowe’s (8) round out the top 10, and Amazon.com, one of only two pure-play retailers on the Top 100 list, jumped from No. 15 to No. 11 this year.

“In many ways 2013′s list will be remembered as the last one without Amazon in the Top 10,” said Brian Gildenberg, chief knowledge officer, Kantar Retail. “Increasingly today’s winning retailers are winning through deep understanding of connection to their shoppers across all touchpoints, and then either intense specialization against specific categories and needs or a deep granular understanding of what their shopper wants as a total solution”.

Growth in Home Goods Sector Shows Consumer Resilience

An area of note in this year’s report is the growth seen in the home goods sector. Of the three companies who made the list, each climbed from last year’s position. Thanks to an improving housing market, consumers have come out of hibernation and have begun sprucing up their homes or buying for their new homes. Williams-Sonoma landed at No. 91 this year, up from No. 94 last year, and IKEA North America came in right behind at No. 92, up from No. 95. Bed Bath & Beyond reported more than $10.9 billion in sales in 2012 and landed at No. 36, up from No. 39 last year.

RankStore2012 U.S. Sales (000)Sales Grwth
(’12 v ’11)
1Wal-Mart$328,704,0004.0%
2Kroger$92,165,0006.6%
3Target$71,960,0005.1%
4Costco$71,042,00010.6%
5The Home Depot$66,022,0006.4%
6Walgreen$65,014,000-1.2%
7CVS Caremark$63,688,0006.7%
8Lowe’s$49,366,0000.2%
9Safeway$37,532,0001.6%
10McDonald’s$35,593,0004.2%


About the Survey

The Stores Top 100 Retailers are listed by U.S. sales, which may include estimates for private or closely-held companies. Retailers included in the Top 100 either have group headquarters located in the United States or are foreign entities with significant operations in the U.S. market. For retailers with group headquarters located overseas, data is presented for North American operations only. Revenues from major non-retailing operating segments are excluded where data availability allows.

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