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Leading 100 American retailers in 2016, based on U.S. retail sales (in billion U.S. dollars)

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Leading 100 American retailers based on U.S. retail sales 2016 This ranking depicts the leading 100 American retailers in 2016, based on U.S. retail sales. In that year, Wal-Mart was the leading American retailer based on U.S. retail sales of about 362.82 billion U.S. dollars. Wal-Mart was founded by Samuel Moore Walton (1918-1992) in 1962. Wal-Mart's headquarters is situated in Bentonville, Arkansas and operates worldwide under different names (Walmex in Mexico and Best Price in India).

Leading retailers in the United States

In this digital age, it seems remarkable that brick-and-mortar retailers have displayed such staying power when it comes to pushing goods through the consumer pipeline. In a year that saw collective sales decline, the department stores in the top 100 generated average sales of 11 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. Top 100 supermarkets were slightly stronger, averaging approximately 19 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 sales.

The retail industry is in the midst of a customer revolution. The collision of the virtual and physical worlds is fundamentally changing consumers' purchasing behaviors. Consumers are seeking an integrated shopping experience across all channels and expect retailers to deliver this experience. The key drivers of this customer revolution are the rapid adoption of mobile devices, digital media and tablets equipped with shopping apps. In fact, the number of smartphone users in the United States rose to 207.1 million in 2016 from just 122 million in 2012.

The retail paradigm has shifted from a physical connection point with customers to a multi-pronged approach that crosses both physical and digital channels. The traditional bricks-and-mortar retail store is no longer the dominant medium for purchasing goods. Instead, it serves as one of many potential connection points between customers and a retailer's brand.

Today's consumer is increasingly connected to both the physical and digital space and able to interact with retailers through multiple channels simultaneously. To stay competitive in this ever-evolving landscape, it is imperative for retailers to deliver a seamless customer experience across all channels and provide the right services and products at the right time.
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This ranking depicts the leading 100 American retailers in 2016, based on U.S. retail sales. In that year, Wal-Mart was the leading American retailer based on U.S. retail sales of about 362.82 billion U.S. dollars. Wal-Mart was founded by Samuel Moore Walton (1918-1992) in 1962. Wal-Mart's headquarters is situated in Bentonville, Arkansas and operates worldwide under different names (Walmex in Mexico and Best Price in India).

Leading retailers in the United States

In this digital age, it seems remarkable that brick-and-mortar retailers have displayed such staying power when it comes to pushing goods through the consumer pipeline. In a year that saw collective sales decline, the department stores in the top 100 generated average sales of 11 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. Top 100 supermarkets were slightly stronger, averaging approximately 19 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 sales.

The retail industry is in the midst of a customer revolution. The collision of the virtual and physical worlds is fundamentally changing consumers' purchasing behaviors. Consumers are seeking an integrated shopping experience across all channels and expect retailers to deliver this experience. The key drivers of this customer revolution are the rapid adoption of mobile devices, digital media and tablets equipped with shopping apps. In fact, the number of smartphone users in the United States rose to 207.1 million in 2016 from just 122 million in 2012.

The retail paradigm has shifted from a physical connection point with customers to a multi-pronged approach that crosses both physical and digital channels. The traditional bricks-and-mortar retail store is no longer the dominant medium for purchasing goods. Instead, it serves as one of many potential connection points between customers and a retailer's brand.

Today's consumer is increasingly connected to both the physical and digital space and able to interact with retailers through multiple channels simultaneously. To stay competitive in this ever-evolving landscape, it is imperative for retailers to deliver a seamless customer experience across all channels and provide the right services and products at the right time.
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Release date
June 2017
Region
United States
Survey time period
2016
Supplementary notes
Numbers are rounded.
United States = 50 states and District of Columbia. Sales in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam have been estimated and removed if reported as part of the U.S. business segment for that company.
All retail sales estimates are excluding wholesale and non-retail services (not sold at store), but include online retail sales.
Fuel sales are included, except where revenues of fuel exceed 50 percent of average store revenues. In this case sales are reported exclusive of fuel sales.
All figures are estimates.
* Walgreens acquisition of Rite Aid pending approval, to be reflected in FY2016.
** Revenues reported for the 53-week reporting period.

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