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Top 10 Biggest U.S. Retailers

By Nicole Giannopoulos - 06/17/2014
Over the past several years the global economy has been a roller coaster ride – rising high and falling quick. This resulted in the slowing of a variety of industries, one of the largest being retail. However, despite the difficult economic conditions, several retailers have weathered the storm and continued to demonstrate growth. In fact, more than 80% of the top retailers have recorded an increase in retail revenue despite most companies experiencing declining total sales.
 
Through it all, the U.S. maintains its dominance in global retailing on the Forbes' Global 2,000 2014 list of the world's biggest public companies. While the global ranking of the largest U.S. retail chains usually remains relatively unchanged from year to year, there were a few shifts in the rankings.

What follows is a top 10 ranking of the U.S. retailers that made the Forbes Global 2,000 list. The retailers are listed in order from one to 10, by their Forbes rank. Also included is the sales and market value of each retailer to provide a scope of the company's overall operations and performance. Forbes decides the rankings for the biggest public companies based on four metrics: sales, profits, assets and market value (as of April 1, 2014).


Top 10 Biggest U.S. Retailers:
Forbes Rank Retailer Sales Market Value
15 Apple $173.8B $483.1B
20 Walmart Stores $476.5B $247.9B
96 CVS Caremark $126.8B $87.8B
137 Home Depot $78.8B $109.7B
177 Walgreen $74.2B $62.8B
200 Target Corporation $72.6B $38.4B
217 Costco Wholesale $107.9B $49.2B
221 Lowe's Companies        $53.4B $50.9B
250 eBay $16B $71B
309 Kroger $98.5B $22.2B

Methodology:
To determine the rankings Forbes works with FactSet Research systems to screen for the biggest public companies in four metrics: sales, profits, assets and market value (as of April 1, 2014), compared to other top organizations worldwide. Four lists of the 2,000 biggest companies in each of the metrics: sales 2,000, profits 2,000, assets 2,000, and market value 2,000. Each of the 2,000 lists has a minimum cutoff value in order for a company to qualify: sales $4.04 billion, profits of $250.9 million, assets of $8.20 billion and market value of $4.86 billion. Scores for all four metrics (equally weighted) are added and compile a composite score for each company based on their rankings for sales, profits, assets and market value.