Leading retailers of Latin America 2018, based on sales

In 2018, the Chilean multi-brand chain Cencosud generated the highest sales among Latin American retailers, with a value exceeding 14.4 billion U.S. dollars. FEMSA Comercio, S.A. de C.V., followed with the second highest sales value that year, earning over 13.8 billion dollars.

Widespread conglomerates

Though many of Latin America's leading retailers are based in Mexico, Brazil, and Chile, the majority of these companies are multinational. FEMSA, for example, runs its largest operation bottling Coca Cola in ten Latin American countries. Cencosud, though founded in Chile, has more supermarkets in Argentina and a comparable share in Brazil.

Cencosud developments

In recent years, the number of Cencosud supermarkets has shown the most consistent growth rate in Chile and Peru. Meanwhile, operations in Argentina, Brazil, and Colombia peaked around the mid-2010s before scaling back by 2018, corresponding to a rise and fall in Cencosud's annual cost of sales from 2012 to 2018. The company is highly diversified and widely known for issuing credit cards, among many other ventures in addition to its hypermarkets, shopping malls, and department stores.

Leading retailers of Latin America in 2018, based on retail sales

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Release date

February 2020



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Supplementary notes

* Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales.
** Estimate.
Numbers were rounded.

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