Leading retailers of Latin America 2017, based on sales

This statistic shows the leading retailers of Latin America in 2017, based on retail sales. In that year, Cencosud was Latin America's leading retailer with about 15.28 billion U.S. dollars worth of sales.

Retail in Latin America

As in much of Latin America, Brazil's policymakers have quickly shifted from a focus on excessive inflation towards growth. In the beginning of 2011, Latin American markets were growing rapidly and experiencing uncomfortably high inflation. Central banks raised interest rates, which resulted in a sharp rise in the value of the currency which harmed export competitiveness. Yet by the second half of the year, with domestic demand decelerating and exports being harmed by slower global growth, central banks shifted and cut interest rates.

Consumer spending has held up well despite the economic slowdown which is due in large part to continuing growth of consumer credit. While positive for spending, credit expansion does pose a risk to the economy and especially the banking system.

The Latin American region represents four percent of the world's leading 250 retailers.

Leading retailers of Latin America in 2017, based on retail sales

Company (Country of origin)Billion U.S. dollars
Cencosud (Chile)15.28
FEMSA Comercio (Mexico)15.28
S.A.C.I. Falabella (Chile)11.14
Organizacion Soriana, S.A.B. de C.V. (Mexico)**8.12
El Puerto de Liverpool (Mexico)5.74
Lojas Americanas (Brazil)5.34
Grupo Comercial Chedraui (Mexico)4.95
RaiaDrogasil S.A. (Brazil)4.34
Magazine Luiza S.A.3.74
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Release date

January 2019


Central and South America

Survey time period


Supplementary notes

Numbers are rounded.
Information on Deloitte's study methodology and data sources is to be found on page 36.
* Estimate.
** Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales.
*** Numbers are from a previous edition of the publication because the company is no longer within the top 250 retailers.

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