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Largest Retail Companies in Europe - Top Global Retail Companies List

Global Powers of Retailing Names Biggest and Best Retail Chains Worldwide 2010

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Updated February 11, 2012
>> UPDATE: Click here for the current 2011 Largest European Retailers Complete List >>

Europe is the home to the second largest retailers in the world, France’s Carrefour. European retail companies are also some of most well-known and admired in the world, particularly its apparel, shoe, and accessory retailers. Much like the largest U.S. retail companies, European retailers have presence on every continent (except Antarctica).

Each year a “Global Powers of Retailing” report is compiled by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, ranking retailers from all over the world according to total revenue. In 2010, the 13th annual list was released, ranking 250 retailers from 32 different countries.

What follows is the largest retail companies with headquarters in Europe - Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Ireland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. This 2010 list reflects the revenue that was generated in 2009, which was still a year of intense global retailing recession.

(See also Global Store Openings and Expansion.)

Largest Retail Companies in Each European Country:
(Complete List of Largest European Retailers.)

Austria
Top Global Retail Ranking #72 - SPAR Oster-reichische Warenhandels-AG
- Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> See the complete list of "Largest Austrian Retailers" >>

Belgium
Top Global Retail Ranking #33 - Delhaize Group
- Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Convenience/Forecourt Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty Supermarket
>> See the complete list of "Largest Belgium Retailers" >>

Denmark
Top Global Retail Ranking #78 - Dansk Supermarket A/S

- Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Department Store, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> See the complete list of "Largest Denmark Retailers" >>

Finland
Top Global Retail Ranking #80 – S Group

- Supermarket

France
Top Global Retail Ranking #2 - Carrefour

- Cash and Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket, convenience/forecourt store
- Total number of France retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 12
>> See the complete list of "Largest France Retailers" >>

Germany
Top Global Retail Ranking #3 - Metro AG

- Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Department Store, Electronics, Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
- Total number of Germany retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 20
>> See the complete list of "Largest German Retailers >>"

Italy
Top Global Retail Ranking #46 - Coop Italia

- Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
- Total number of Italian retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 6
>> See the complete list of "Largest Italy Retailers" >>

Lithuania
Top Global Retail Ranking #221 – MAXIMA GRUPE, UAB

- Supermarket

Netherlands
Top Global Retail Ranking #25 - Koninklijke Ahold N.V

- Convenience/Forecourt Store, Discount Store, Drug Store/Pharmacy, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
>> See the complete list of "Largest Netherlands Retailers" >>

Norway
Top Global Retail Ranking #88 - Reitangruppen AS

- Discount
>> See the complete list of "Largest Norwegian Retailers" >>

Portugal
Top Global Retail Ranking #94 - Jeronimo Martins, SGPS SA

- Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
>> See the complete list of "Largest Portuguese Retailers" >>

Republic of Ireland
Top Global Retail Ranking #231 - Dunnes Stores Ltd.

- Department Store

Slovenia
Top Global Retail Ranking #198 – Poslovni system Mercador, d.d.

- Supermarket

Spain
Top Global Retail Ranking #38 - Mercadona, S.A.

- Supermarket
- Total number of Spanish retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 4
>> See the complete list of "Largest Spain Retailers" >>

Sweden
Top Global Retail Ranking #30 - The IKEA Group

- Specialty, Household, Furnishings
- Total number of Sweden retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 7
>> See the complete list of "Largest Sweden Retailers" >>

Switzerland
Top Global Retail Ranking #40 - Migros-Genossenschafts Bund

- Apparel/Footwear Specialty, Convenience/Forecourt Store, Department Store, Discount Store, Electronics Specialty, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Other Specialty, Supermarket
- Total number of Swiss retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 3
>> See the complete list of "Largest Switzerland Retailers" >>

United Kingdom
Top Global Retail Ranking #4 - Tesco

- Convenience/Forecourt Store, Department Store, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
- Total number of UK retailers on 2010 World's Largest ranking list - 18
>> See the complete list of "Largest UK Retailers" >>

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