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U.S. supermarket and other grocery store sales 1992-2019

In 2019, U.S. supermarket and grocery store sales amounted to about 650 billion U.S. dollars. This is more than double the sales amounts that were generated back in 1992.

Supermarkets and grocery stores in the U.S.

Wal-Mart stores dominated sales of the leading grocery retailers in 2019, generating over 270 billion U.S. dollars. Ahold Delhaize and Aldi each reached sales numbers of about 42 and 30 billion U.S. dollars, respectively, within the same period. In 2018, there were over 38 thousand supermarket stores in the United States. Over 80 percent of this total were supermarket chains.

Supermarket formats

In the United States, there are various types of supermarkets consumers can visit, such as natural/gourmet food supermarkets, warehouse grocery stores, and military commissaries. The most common type of supermarket in the country is one of the conventional kind. In 2018, there were just over 26 thousand conventional supermarkets in the United States. The second most common type is the supercenter for groceries and mass merchandise, of which there were about four and a half thousand that year.

Supermarket and other grocery store sales in the United States from 1992 to 2019 (in billion U.S. dollars)*

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Release date

July 2020


United States

Survey time period

1992 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* Except convenience stores.

Numbers have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.
Figures are not adjusted for price changes. Retail and food services total and other subsector totals may include data for kinds of business not shown. Additional information on sample design, estimation procedures, and measures of sampling variability can be found here.

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