Global Powers of Retailing 2019

22nd edition of Global Powers of Retailing

The report identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for FY2017 (fiscal years ended through June 2018), and analyzes their performance across geographies and product sectors. It also provides a global economic outlook, looks at the 50 fastest-growing retailers, and highlights new entrants to the Top 250.

The global economy is currently at a turning point. Until early 2018, there had been a confluence of positive events including relatively strong global economic growth, low inflation, low borrowing costs, easy monetary policy in major markets, recovery in troubled emerging markets, and rising asset prices. Yet something changed in 2018. Growth decelerated in Europe, China, and Japan; inflation accelerated in major markets; borrowing costs increased as major governments embarked on a shift in monetary and fiscal policies; global equity and commodity prices fell; and major emerging markets experienced significant currency depreciation. The shift in the global economy was, in part, brought on by a change in policy in the United States (US). There, a combination of easier fiscal policy, tighter monetary policy, and restrictive trade policy contributed to a change in the direction of the global economy. For retailers, this change will mean slower consumer spending growth, higher consumer prices, and disrupted global supply chains. In what follows, we will examine how the global economy is likely to unfold, and the potential implications this will have on the retailing industry.

Geographic analysis

For the purposes of geographic analysis, companies are assigned to a region based on their headquarters location, which may not always coincide with where they derive the majority of their sales. Although many companies derive sales from outside their region, 100 percent of each company’s sales are accounted for within the region that the company is headquartered in.

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