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Global Powers of Retailing 2021

Top 250 retailers, fastest growing retailers & new entrants

The aggregate retail revenue for the Global Powers of Retailing Top 250 companies reached US$4.85 trillion in FY2019 (up from US$4.74 trillion in the previous year). Growth increased to 4.4% (currency-adjusted composite year-over-year growth rate), higher than the previous year’s 4.1% growth.

Global Powers of Retailing 2021 - Retail trends

In the early months of 2021, the world was faced with both promise and peril. On the positive side, the distribution of vaccines for COVID-19 was under way, offering the promise that, sometime later in the year, the negative impact of the virus could abate significantly. On the negative side, the virus continued to threaten economic stability, especially in those parts of the world where it was still prevalent and threatened to be a problem elsewhere if new and virulent strains of the virus were spread widely. Even in places where the outbreak was limited, there was a negative economic impact from social distancing measures to avoid a further outbreak. The challenge for policymakers was to control the current outbreak, protect those who have been disrupted by it, and speed up the distribution of approved vaccines. The speed and success of these three imperatives will determine the path of the global economy in the year ahead.

Deloitte’s Global Powers of Retailing 2021 reviews the global economic scenario and its impact on the retailing industry. The report identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world based on publicly available data for FY2019 (fiscal years ended through 30 June 2020), 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.

A new section in this year's report is a short preview of next year’s Global Powers of Retailing report—looking at how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the retail revenue growth of the Top 25 global retailers in FY2020 (i.e. fiscal years ended through 30 June 2021).

The key findings from the Global Powers of Retailing 2021 are:

  • The Top 10 list continued to be dominated by American companies, with seven of the ten companies being based in the United States.
  • Amazon.com became the second largest global retailer, overtaking Costco.
  • Action is again the fastest growing retailer in The Netherlands, and the 9th fastest growing retailer worldwide.
  • The world’s Top 10 retailers are more globally focused, with operations on average in 13.0 countries versus 11.1 for the overall Top 250. However, their share of retail revenue from foreign operations fell to 25.5%, from 25.8% in the previous year, as several companies divested foreign subsidiaries.
  • Europe has the highest number of Top 250 retailers, with 87 companies based in the region. North America has the highest share of Top 250 retail revenue (47.1%).
  • Fast-moving consumer goods continues to be the largest product sector. Its 135 companies (54% of companies) generated 66% of the Top 250 retail revenue in FY2019.
  • Nine of the 12 new entrants to the Top 250 in FY2019 are based in Asia Pacific.
  • E-commerce and discounters drove high retail revenue growth among the Fastest 50 companies.

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Global Powers of Retailing 2020

The outlook for the global economy and the retail industry in 2020 is uncertain. Overall economic growth is likely to be subdued but postive, with lower growth in consumer spending and inflation in most countries remaining low. Further uncertainty surrounding the global economy has been added by the coronavirus outbreak in China early in the year. 

Global Powers of Retailing 2019

The global economy is currently at a turning point. Until early 2018, the global economy displayed strong growth. With inflation accelerating in major markets, governments making shifts in monetary and fiscal policies, and most of the emerging markets experiencing significant currency depreciation, the global economy will slow down in the near future. For retailers, this change will mean slower consumer spending growth, higher consumer prices, and disrupted global supply chains. 

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It is a transformative time in retail. The shopper is clearly in the driver’s seat, enabled by technology to remain constantly connected and more empowered than ever before to drive changes in shopping behavior. “Everywhere commerce” has taken root, allowing consumers to shop however, wherever, and whenever they want - whether in stores, online, by mobile, voice activation or click-and-collect.

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Global Powers of Retailing 2015: Embracing innovation

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Global Powers of Retailing 2014: Retail beyond begins

The 17th annual Global Powers of Retailing report identifies the 250 largest retailers, examines trends for retailers to consider as they plan their growth strategies, provides a global economic outlook, and discusses "Q" ratio. This edition also includes a section on “Retail Beyond,” which takes a provocative look at how existing technologies could conceivably converge and further transform the already complex relationship between retailers and consumers. In addition, the 2014 report marks the first appearance of the Top 50 E-retailers list.

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