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Ranked: The Biggest Retailers in the U.S. by Revenue

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The Biggest Retailers in the U.S. by Revenue

America is the home of retail. The sector is worth more than $7 trillion, nearly one-fourth of the entire global retail industry, and well ahead of its closest rivals, China and India.

But who are its biggest players?

We visualize the biggest American retailers using data from the National Retail Federation (NRF) and Business of Apps.

Ranked: America’s Biggest Retailers

Not only is Walmart the biggest retail store in America, with close to $500 billion in sales, it’s also the biggest retailer in the world, with the company’s global sales crossing $600 billion.

Established in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas, the publicly-traded, family-owned business is also the largest single corporate employer in the world, with more than 2 million employees—beating out several state companies like the Indian Railways and the NHS.

Here’s a list of America’s biggest retailers, ranked by their U.S. sales.

RankCompanyU.S. Sales
(USD Billions)
RoW Sales
(USD Billions)
Total Sales
(USD Billions)
1Walmart$499$102$601
2Amazon.com$233$110$343
3Costco Wholesale$163$54$218
4Kroger$148$0$148
5The Home
Depot
$146$9$155
6Target$108$0$108
7CVS Health
Corporation
$107$0$107
8Walgreens
Boots Alliance
$103$13$116
9Lowe's
Companies
$89$5$94
10Albertsons
Companies
$76$0$76
11Apple*$71$10$80
12Royal Ahold
Delhaize
$57$35$92
13Publix Super
Markets
$55$0$55
14Best Buy$43$3$46
15Aldi$40$84$124

*Apple Stores/iTunes revenue.

Amazon’s market cap might dwarf other retailers but its domestic retail sales are less than half of Walmart’s at $233 billion, putting the company solidly in second place.

Coming in third, Costco brought in $163 billion in revenue in 2022 from their 591 stores in the country. Their hot dog and soda combo is a famous example of how what started as a loss leader strategy, is now a brand icon.

How Do American Retailers Do Internationally?

Kroger, which also owns various supermarket chains like Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, and Fry’s, is in fourth place, with $148 billion in sales. It’s the biggest American retailer with no foreign presence whatsoever.

The below table shows the revenue share between domestic and foreign sources for America’s biggest retailers.

RankCompanyU.S. Sales (%)RoW Sales (%)
1Walmart83%17%
2Amazon.com68%32%
3Costco Wholesale75%25%
4Kroger100%0%
5The Home
Depot
94%6%
6Target100%0%
7CVS Health
Corporation
100%0%
8Walgreens
Boots Alliance
89%11%
9Lowe's
Companies
95%5%
10Albertsons
Companies
100%0%
11Apple88%12%
12Royal Ahold
Delhaize
62%38%
13Publix Super
Markets
100%0%
14Best Buy93%7%
15Aldi32%68%

Note: Retailers ranked by their U.S. sales.

Ranked 12th and 15th respectively, Royal Ahold Delhaize (Netherlands) and Aldi (Germany) are the only two companies on the list that are not headquartered in America.

Despite this, Royal Ahold Delhaize earns a greater share of their revenue from their U.S. sales (62%) versus the rest of the world (38%) and operates more than 2,000 stores across 23 states in the country.

Apple: Tech Giant and Retailer

Tech giant Apple stands out amidst the many big-box-stores and supermarkets on this list.

At 11th, Apple Retail made $71 billion in 2022, and nearly one-in-four iPhones in the U.S. that year were sold at an Apple store.

In fact, Apple Retail was started in 2001 after the company’s “store-within-a-store” strategy failed—a strategy that Microsoft and Google still employ.

And every time a new Apple product launches, the lineups outside their 272 stores do quite a bit of marketing for the company.

Where Does This Data Come From?

Source: The National Retail Federation (NRF) and Business of Apps.

Note: Company revenues from non-retailing operating segments are removed unless otherwise noted; system-wide sales are provided when the operation is a franchise. Rankings eliminate fuel sales at locations designated as having a gasoline/fueling station as its primary business. Please see NRF’s methodology for further details.

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