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Visualized: The Top 25 U.S. Newspapers by Daily Circulation

Most people today—more than 8 in 10 Americans—get their news via digital devices, doing their reading on apps, listening to podcasts, or scrolling through social media feeds.

It’s no surprise then that over the last year, only one U.S. newspaper of the top 25 most popular in the country saw positive growth in their daily print circulations.

Based on data from Press Gazette, this visual stacks up the amount of daily newspapers different U.S. publications dole out and how that’s changed year-over-year.

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The most widely circulated physical newspaper is the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) by a long shot—sending out almost 700,000 copies a day. But it is important to note that this number is an 11% decrease since 2021.

Here’s a closer look at the data.

RankNewspaperAverage Daily Print CirculationYear-Over-Year Change
#1Wall Street Journal697,493−11%
#2New York Times329,781−9%
#3USA Today159,233−13%
#4Washington Post159,040−12%
#5New York Post146,649−2%
#6Los Angeles Times142,382−14%
#7Chicago Tribune106,156−16%
#8Star Tribune103,808−9%
#9Tampa Bay Times102,266−26%
#10Newsday97,182−12%
#11Seattle Times86,406−10%
#12Honolulu Star-Advertiser79,096−5%
#13Arizona Republic70,216−10%
#14Boston Globe68,806−11%
#15Dallas Morning News65,369−10%
#16Houston Chronicle65,084−17%
#17Philadelphia Inquirer61,180−20%
#18San Francisco Chronicle60,098−12%
#19Denver Post57,265−13%
#20Chicago Sun-Times57,222−7%
#21The Buffalo News56,005−15%
#22Daily News55,653−18%
#23Villages Daily Sun49,1833%
#24St. Louis Post-Dispatch48,246−11%
#25Milwaukee Journal Sentinel47,832−13%

These papers, although experiencing negative growth when it comes to print, are still extremely popular and widely-read publications digitally—not only in the U.S., but worldwide. For example, the New York Times reported having reached 9 million subscribers globally earlier this year.

The one paper with increased print circulation was The Villages Daily Sun, which operates out of a retirement community in Florida. Elderly people tend to be the most avid readers of print papers. Another Florida newspaper, the Tampa Bay Times, was the worst performer at -26%.

In total, 2,500 U.S. newspapers have shut down since 2005. One-third of American newspapers are expected to be shuttered by 2025. This particularly impacts small communities and leaves many across America in ‘news deserts.’

Print vs. Digital Newspapers

Regardless of print’s downturn, digital subscriptions remain much higher for most of these papers. As one example, The Washington Post has over 3 million online subscribers, compared to their 159,000 print readers.

To put things in perspective, around 24 million print papers now circulate throughout the U.S. on any given day. But looking back at the industry’s peak in the 1980s, almost 64 million were distributed on any given weekday.

And digital is not done growing. Newsroom hires have been ramping up for “digital-native” news sites—publications that started online and never had a print version. On the flipside, employment at traditional papers has more than halved since 2008.

Problems with Media

American news media can be extremely divisive. Many newsrooms across the country play into fear, sensationalism, and partisan politics.

Digital news only makes this worse, utilizing algorithms designed to keep a person’s eyes on the page longer, pushing stories with narratives a person shows interest in, and often taking them down a rabbit hole of fringe information—sometimes towards the extremes.

Additionally, the business of journalism is an increasingly less lucrative industry. Most revenue comes from digital ads running on news sites—so rather than selling the news to consumers, it’s the time and attention of consumers that is being sold to advertisers. Furthermore, some of the best quality content is locked up behind subscription-based paywalls.

Print may actually be one way to avoid some of the more obvious issues, particularly because there’s no way to track the data on which stories you read. But all publications still have inherent bias, of course, and it’s clear that print papers are not bouncing back any time soon.

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Ranked: The 20 Top Retailers Worldwide, by Revenue

The global retail landscape is constantly evolving amid shifting consumer behaviors. We show the top retailers worldwide in 2024.

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The Top Retailers Worldwide, by Revenue

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The global retail landscape is constantly evolving, driven by shifting consumer habits and the growing dominance of online sales.

Despite the rise of e-commerce, many of the top retailers worldwide generate the bulk of their sales in physical stores. However, as customers prioritize convenience and a wider selection of goods, e-commerce giants are capturing an increasing share of the retail market.

This graphic shows the world’s leading retailers by revenue, based on data from the National Retail Federation.

The Methodology

To be included in the rankings, companies must engage in a goods-for-consumer resale business accessible to the public. Additionally, they must and have direct selling operations in a minimum of three companies. The rankings include both public and private companies, based on the most recent 52-week period ending between January and March 2024. All revenue figures were converted to U.S. dollars.

Ranked: The Top 20 Global Retailers

Below, we show the world’s leading retail giants by revenue:

RankingRetailerTotal RevenuesShare of Domestic Retail RevenueHeadquarters
1Walmart$628.6B84.7%🇺🇸 U.S.
2Amazon.com$355.1B70.4%🇺🇸 U.S.
3Costco$234.0B75.0%🇺🇸 U.S.
4Schwarz Group$176.4B32.0%🇩🇪 Germany
5The Home Depot$151.6B93.7%🇺🇸 U.S.
6Aldi$145.4B25.8%🇩🇪 Germany
7Walgreens Boots Alliance$117.8B89.3%🇺🇸 U.S.
8Ahold Delhaize$97.0B21.8%🇳🇱 Netherlands
9Alibaba$94.1B97.3%🇨🇳 China
10Carrefour$89.7B34.3%🇫🇷 France
11Seven & I$85.0B62.1%🇯🇵 Japan
12Apple$81.6B86.9%🇺🇸 U.S.
13Rewe$73.5B75.5%🇩🇪 Germany
14Aeon$68.9B93.3%🇯🇵 Japan
15Tesco$61.9B85.1%🇬🇧 UK
16TJX$50.4B78.9%🇺🇸 U.S.
17Leclerc$50.4B95.0%🇫🇷 France
18IKEA$45.6B3.4%🇸🇪 Sweden
19Best Buy$44.6B92.8%🇺🇸 U.S.
20Woolworths Limited (Aus)$43.5B88.2%🇦🇺 Australia

As the largest retailer by sales globally, Walmart raked in $628.6 billion dollars in revenue, with 84.7% of its revenue being domestic.

Today, about 90% of Americans are located within 10 miles of a Walmart store, attracting 200 million visitors each month. To gain a greater edge in the market, Walmart is expanding its advertising business, launching a premium product line, and growing its digital sales channels.

Additionally, it is opening 150 stores in the U.S over the next five years, its largest expansion in almost a decade.

With $355.1 billion in sales, e-commerce titan Amazon ranks in second. In 2024, the company is projected to account for 40.4% of U.S. e-commerce sales. Along with this, Amazon operates physical stores through its Whole Foods subsidiary, Amazon Go, and Amazon Fresh storefronts, yet these make up a fraction of its total retail sales.

As Asia’s largest retailer, Alibaba, falls in ninth place, driven by its Taobao and Tmall online marketplace platforms. While domestic sales comprise the majority of its retail revenues, the company is increasingly focusing on its overseas business given sluggish domestic consumption in China. Notably, retail sales jumped 44% year-over-year across its international retail operations as of the quarter ending in December 2023.

Despite regulatory crackdowns in recent years, it is the seventh-largest company by market cap in the country as of March 2024 across publicly-traded firms.

Retailers With the Highest International Revenues

Across the top 20 retailers by revenue, Germany’s Schwarz Group generated the most sales from international revenues, at $119.9 billion.

As Europe’s largest retailer, Schwarz Group operates in 30 countries worldwide, with overseas operations accounting for 68% of all revenues. Overall, the family-owned multinational serves 7.2 billion customers annually across 14,112 stores.

Swedish furniture giant, IKEA, generates 96.6% of its retail revenues from international stores, the highest share overall. Given that Sweden is known for its steep corporate tax rates, the company strategically expanded its operations worldwide, while retaining the core essence of its brand.

In recent years, the company has experimented with creating more compact stores in urban centers, unlike its traditional suburban warehouses. Through this strategy, its aiming to drive revenues from higher traffic volume in malls as opposed to customers who travel to stores less frequently, but buy more products.

Beyond these retail giants, a number of European chains generate more than half of their revenues from international operations, including Germany’s discount grocery company, Aldi, and France’s Carrefour.

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