Revenue of the leading Japanese retail companies worldwide FY2018

In fiscal year 2018, Aeon Co., Ltd. was the leading Japanese retail company with retail sales amounting to over 71 billion U.S. dollars. The parent company of the convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Inc., Seven & i Holdings Co., Ltd., ranked second with retail sales valued at around 59 billion dollars.

The state of wholesale and retail

The wholesale and retail industries were the largest industries in Japan, with a quarter of business establishments in the tertiary economic sector operating in wholesaling or retailing. While retailers accounted for the majority of registered businesses within the industry, wholesalers dominated in the sales of goods. In 2018, over 326 trillion Japanese yen in annual sales were generated through wholesale trading.
The industry also played a major role in the creation of jobs in Japan, especially for in-store staff. In 2016, almost 12 million people were engaged in the domestic wholesale and retail trade industry, the highest number across all economic sectors in the country.

Konbini: retail around-the-clock

The Japanese retail industry encompassed a variety of store-based point of sales ranging from large shopping malls with a broad product assortment to convenience stores focused on everyday goods.
Convenience stores, commonly shortened as konbini, with their around-the-clock services are especially popular among consumers. In 2018, over 56 thousand konbinis were in operation in Japan, offering customers a variety of services apart from the sales of foodstuff, such as postal dispatching, payment services for bills, and ATMs.
The convenience store landscape was dominated by three retail chains, operated by Lawson Inc., FamilyMart Co. Ltd., and a subsidiary of the second ranked Japanese retailer, 7-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd..

Total revenue of the leading Japanese retail companies worldwide in fiscal year 2018

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Release date

February 2020


Worldwide, Japan

Survey time period

fiscal year 2018

Special properties

retail revenue ranking

Supplementary notes

**Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales
***= estimate

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