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2011 Largest European Retail Chains - Complete List of Biggest Europe Retailers

Top 250 Global Powers of Retailing List, Retailers from European Countries

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Updated May 16, 2014
Compared to the U.S., European retailing is gaining ground on the global retailing stage, according to 2011 Global Powers of Retailing ranking list, compiled by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, which identifies the largest retailers in the world.

Germany's supermarket chain Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG, Switzerland's supermarket chain Coop Group, UK's Co-operative Group Ltd., and Norway's NorgesGruppen ASA all had significant positive movement on the Largest European Retailers list in 2011, when compared to the 2010 largest retailers in Europe. In fact, 28 of the 89 largest retail chains by revenue in Europe are Supermarket chains. Considering the shift away from discretionary spending during the recession, this is easy to understand.

Another European supermarket chain, Russia's Open Joint Stock Company Magnit is new to the Largest European Retailers list, along with newcomers, UK's Kesa Electricals, Austria's xxxLutz Group UK's HMV Group, and Germany's Muller Ltd. and Italy's Gruppo PAM s.p.a. are also new addition to Europe's Largest Retailers list. With these new additions, Europe has 89 retail companies ranked as the largest in the world, which is the same number of that the U.S. retail industry has on the list. European retailing is expanding domestically and internationally, giving the U.S. competition for dominance in the global retail industry.

The biggest move up the list was made by Germany's home improvement chain Bauhaus GmbH & Company KG, which moved from the #188 ranking on the 2010 list to the 159th position on the 2011 list.

While Wal-Mart is the largest global retailer by far in terms of revenue, the other four retail companies in the top five are all based in Europe. What follows is the complete list of European retailers ranked on the 2011 Global Powers of Retailing list. The number in the left column is the global ranking number assigned to the company, based on its revenue figures, compared to the other 250 largest retail organizations worldwide.

Retail Companies Based in Europe Ranked Among the 250 Largest Retailers In the World:

2      Carrefour
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> See complete list of 2011 largest retail companies and chains in France >>

3      Metro AG
Germany
Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Germany >>

4      Tesco plc
U.K.
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in the U.K. in 2011 >>

5      Schwarz Untemehmens Treuhand KG
Germany
Discount Store

8      Aldi GmbH & Company oHG
Germany
Discount Store

12    Rewe-Zentral AG
Germany
Supermarket

14    Edeka Zentrale AG & Company KG
Germany
Supermarket

15    Groupe Auchan S.A.
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

22    Centres Distributeurs E. Leclerc
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

25    Koninklijke Ahold N.V.
Netherlands
Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in the Netherlands >>

26    Casino Guichard-Pernachon S.A.
France
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

27    ITM Developpement International (intermarche)
France
Supermarket

28    J Sainsbury plc
UK
Supermarket

30    The IKEA Group
Sweden
Other Specialty
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Sweden >>

32    Delhaize Group
Belgium
Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Belgium >>

34    WM Morrison Supermarkets plc
U.K.
Supermarket

39    Mercadona, S.A.
Spain Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Spain >>

41    Migros-Genossenschafts Bund
Switzerland
Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Switzerland >>

42    Systeme U, Centrale Nationale
France
Supermarket

43    El Corte Ingles, S.A.
Spain
Department Store

44    PPR S.A.
France
Specialty Stores

47    Coop Italia
Italy
Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Italy >>

49    Coop Group
Switzerland
Supermarket

50    Inditex S.A.
Spain
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

51    Louis Delhaize S.A.
Belgium
Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore

52    Kingfisher plc
U.K.
Home Improvement

53    Marks & Spencer Group
U.K.
Department Store

60    Groupe Adeo
France
Home Improvement

61    LVMH Moet Hennessy-Louis Vuitton
France
Specialty Stores

64    DSG International plc
U.K.
Electronics Specialty

65    H&M Hennes & Maruitz AB
Sweden
Apparel-Footwear Specialty

66    Co-operative Group Ltd.
U.K.
Supermarket

67    Conad Consorzio Nazionale, Dettaglianti Soc. Coop. a.r.l.
Italy
Supermarket

68    S Group
Finland
Supermarket

69    Otto (GmbH & Co KG)
Germany
Non-Store

71    ICA AB
Sweden
Supermarket

72    SPAR Osterreischische
Austria
Supermarket
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Austria >>

74    Alliance Boots GmbH
U.K.
Drug Store/Pharmacy

78    Tengelmann Warehandelsgesellschaft KG
Germany
Home Improvement

79    Dansk Supermarked A/S
Denmark
Discount Store

80    John Lewis Partnership plc
U.K.
Supermarket

81    Grupo Eroski
Spain
Supermarket

82    Kesko Corp.
Finland
Home Improvement

85    Jeronimo Martins, SGPS S.A.
Portugal
Discount Store
>> See complete list of largest retail companies in Portugal in 2011 >>

88    Home Retail Group plc
U.K.
Specialty Stores

93    Reitangruppen AS
Norway
Discount Stores

94    C&A Europe
Belgium/Germany
Apparel/Footwear Specialty

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