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Visualizing the Money Made Per Second by Top Companies

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Money Made Per Second

Visualizing the Money Made Per Second by Top Companies

Imagine that for every second that passes, your bank account inches up $1.

You’d be making $60 per minute, or the equivalent of $86,400 in a day. Over the course of a year, you’d roll in a solid $31.5 million of profit.

While this would be prolific for almost any person or company in the world – the truth is that for many of America’s top companies, this amount of profit would be just a drop in the pan.

Profit per second

Today’s visualization comes to us from TitleMax, and it shows the net income generated per second by America’s most profitable Fortune 500 companies.

Apple leads the pack by a wide margin, making $1,444 in profit per second – this is equal to $5.2 million per hour, $127 million per day, or $45.7 billion per year, based on 2016 net income figures.

Here is how Apple compares to other top profit-makers in the country:

RankCompanyProfit per secondNet income (2016)
#1Apple$1,444.76$45.7B
#2JPMorgan Chase$782.14$24.7B
#3Berkshire Hathaway$761.30$24.1B
#4Wells Fargo$693.75$21.9B
#5Alphabet$615.96$19.5B
#6Bank of America$566.24$17.9B
#7Microsoft$531.21$16.8B
#8Johnson & Johnson$523.05$16.5B
#9Citigroup$471.56$14.9B
#10Altria Group$450.28$14.2B

Apple’s $1,444 per second is in a league of its own – and the company’s competitors only make hundreds of dollars per second. In other words, Apple will likely remain on the top of this list for some time.

Tough to Beat

The above graphic is based on the 2017 Fortune 500 list, which uses numbers from 2016.

Since the list was published, Apple has released their 2017 results, and we now know that the company has seen another increase in net income – this time it is up to $48.4 billion ($1,533.17 per second).

Companies like JPMorgan Chase, Alphabet, and Berkshire Hathaway have yet to release their figures for 2017, but it’s unlikely that even someone as prolific as Warren Buffett will be able to keep up.

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The World’s Top Retail Companies, by Domestic Revenue

As price pressures and e-commerce reshape shopping behaviors, we show the top retail companies by domestic revenue around the world.

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This circle graphic shows the world's top retail companies by domestic revenue.

The World’s Top Retail Companies, by Domestic Revenue

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The retail sector plays a vital role in powering economies, contributing $5.3 trillion annually to America’s GDP alone.

Moreover, the industry is America’s biggest private-sector employer, responsible for one of every four jobs, or 55 million employees. Yet in today’s challenging consumer environment, retailers are facing higher e-commerce penetration and inflationary pressures—across an industry notoriously known for razor-thin margins.

This graphic shows the world’s top retail companies by domestic revenue, based on data from the National Retail Federation.

Methodology

To be included in the rankings, companies must engage in a goods-for-consumer resale business accessible to the public and have direct selling operations in a minimum of three countries.

The rankings include both publicly and private companies, and are based on the most recent 52-week period analyzed by the National Retail Federation between January and March 2024. All revenue figures were converted to U.S. dollars.

Ranked: The Top 10 Global Retailers by Domestic Sales

Here are the leading retailers worldwide based on domestic sales as of 2023:

RankingRetailerDomestic Retail Revenue
(USD)
Share of Total Retail RevenueHeadquarters
1Walmart$532.3B85%🇺🇸 U.S.
2Amazon.com$250.0B70%🇺🇸 U.S.
3Costco$175.4B75%🇺🇸 U.S.
4The Home Depot$142.0B94%🇺🇸 U.S.
5Walgreens Boots Alliance$105.1B89%🇺🇸 U.S.
6Alibaba$91.5B97%🇨🇳 China
7Apple$70.9B87%🇺🇸 U.S.
8Aeon$64.3B93%🇯🇵 Japan
9Schwarz Group$56.5B32%🇩🇪 Germany
10Rewe$55.5B75%🇩🇪 Germany

Walmart towers ahead as the world’s largest retailer with $532 billion in domestic revenue—more than Amazon.com and Costco combined.

Known for its everyday low prices, Walmart achieves a competitive advantage through pricing goods approximately 25% cheaper than traditional retail competitors. Overall, groceries make up more than half of total sales. While its main customer base is often low and middle-income shoppers, the retail giant is seeing a surge in sales from higher-income customers as shoppers seek out lower grocery prices.

E-commerce giant, Amazon, is the second-biggest retailer globally, commanding nearly 40% of online retail sales in America. Since 2019, the number of Amazon employees has grown from 800,000 to over 1.5 million in 2023.

While the company has tried to introduce online grocery platforms to the market, it has largely fallen flat given its clunky system in a highly competitive market.

Like Amazon, China’s e-commerce juggernaut, Alibaba, stands as a leading global retailer. Overall, 97% of revenues were generated domestically through online marketplaces Taobao and Tmall. In recent years, the company has focused on international expansion, delivering products to 11 markets including America, in just five days.

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