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Germany: Aldi and Lidl are at the front: ranking of the world's largest retailers

Updated: Aug 18, 2022

Discount Retail Chain Lidl and Kaufland (owned by the German Schwarz Group) and the discounter Aldi have asserted their place among the ten largest retailers worldwide. In the Ranking "Global Powers of Retailing" published on Thursday by the company consultancy Deloitte, the Schwarz Group as the largest German retailer finished fourth same as in the previous year. Only the US trade giant Wal Mart were as undisputed number one, the Internet Giant Amazon and the US chain Costco. Aldi finished 8th same as in the previous year.

The supermarket chains EDEKA and REWE landed in the worldwide ranking on places 17 and 18, the wholesale retailer Metro ranked 44, the electronics dealer Ceconomy with the chains Media Markt and Saturn two places behind it ranked 46. The shipper Otto was placed 75, the drugstore chains Rossmann and the drugstores DM secured the places 92 and 96.

According to the 250 largest retailers worldwide, Deloitte achieved sales of a total of 5.11 trillion US dollars (4.5 trillion euros) and thus a sales growth of 5.2%. "Despite complicated conditions by the Covid-19 pandemic, global retail resilience proves even more than in the previous year," said Deloitte expert Karsten Hollasch.

The strongest sales growth under the corporations taken into account in the ranking had 34.8% Amazon. However, the Black Group, Aldi, EDEKA and REWE increased significantly with growth rates between 8 and 10%. For the first time, with the online retailer JD.Com, a Chinese company arrived in the top 10 of the largest retailers in the world.

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