Since the U.S. dominates the global retailing industry, North America is the home of most of the world’s largest retailers. Canada and Mexico each have their own largest retail chains and both countries have retail companies who do business throughout the world, but North America's biggest contributions to global retailing mostly reside in the U.S. Retail business is responsible for two-thirds of the U.S. gross domestic product (GDP), U.S. retail companies have established a substantial presence on every continent, and the world's largest retail company - Wal-Mart - is based in the U.S.
Each year the “Global Powers of Retailing” report from Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and STORES Magazine, ranking retailers from all over the world according to total revenue. In 2011, the 14th annual list was released, ranking 250 retailers from 32 different countries.
What follows is the largest retail companies from each country in North America - Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. This 2011 list reflects the revenue that was generated in 2010, which was the beginning of a recovery from global economic recession.
(See also Global Store Openings and Expansion.)
2011 Largest Retail Companies in North America:
Top Global Retail Ranking #1 - Wal-Mart Stores
- Cash and Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Department Store, Hypermarket/ Supercenter/ Superstore, Supermarket
- Total number of U.S. retailers on the 2011 Global Powers of Retailing List – 84
>> See all U.S. Retailers on the 2011 Global Powers List >>
Top Global Retail Ranking #40 - Loblaw Companies, Ltd.
- Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Discount Store, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore, Supermarket
- Total number of Canadian retailers on the 2010 Global Powers of Retailing List - 10
>> See all Canadian Retailers on the 2011 Global Powers List >>
Top Global Retail Ranking #132 – Organizacion Soriana S.A. de C.V.
- Cash & Carry/Warehouse Club, Hypermarket/Supercenter/Superstore
- Total number of Mexican retailers on the 2010 Global Powers of Retailing List - - 4
>> See All Mexico Retailers on the 2011 Global Powers List >>
More Largest Retailers in the World Lists:
- Largest Retail Companies in Europe
- Largest Retail Companies in Asia
- Largest Retail Companies in Australia
- Largest Retail Companies in South America
- Largest Retail Companies in Africa
- Complete List of Largest Retail Companies Arranged by Country