Number of stores of the world's leading retailers in 2018

Seven & I Holdings, parent company of the 7-Eleven retail chain, had a total of 44,400 retail stores in operation throughout the world in 2018. 7-Eleven are a chain of convenience stores which operate in many countries globally. In 2018, Seven & I had more retail stores than any of the other leading retail companies in the world, such as Walmart which had a total of 6,360 retail stores or the Schwarz Group with 7,398 stores. In 2017, Wal-Mart was the world's leading retailer with revenues of about 500 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. companies dominate global retail

Many of the world’s leading retailers are American companies. Walmart and Amazon are examples of American retailers doing business around the world. The domestic retail market in the United States is also very competitive, with many companies recording substantial retail sales. The success of U.S. retailers can also be seen through their performance in online retail.

Number of retail stores of the leading retailers worldwide in 2018*

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Release date

March 2019



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*Top 15 global retailers based on Stores ranking.

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