Leading food and beverage retailers of Europe 2018, based on revenue

In 2018, the German based Schwarz Gruppe was the leading food and beverage retailer from Europe and generated 121.58 billion U.S. dollars in revenue. The second largest retailer was also German. Aldi Einkauf GmbH & Ko. oHG ranked second with 106.18 billion dollars' in revenue. It is important to note that numbers for Carrefour S.A. reflect 2016 values since the company was not included in the ranking in the past two years. Other sources list the company as third largest grocery retailer in Europe (2019).

The German discounters

Aldi and Lidl are currently the most important players on the European market. The Schwarz Gruppe operates the discounter Lidl and the retailer Kaufland. However, on the German market the discounter is by far the more important part of the company’s portfolio. Lidl also made a notable entry on the market in the United Kingdom. While Schwarz and Aldi may be the biggest retail companies in Europe, at home in Germany, they only rank 3rd and 4th respectively.

The UK market

The U.K. market leader Tesco generated 62.8 billion British pounds in revenue overall in 2018/2019. At home in the UK the company generated some 51.6 billion British pounds in the 2018/2019 financial year. However, the company witnessed a decline of its market share for multiple years in a row, while the share of the German discounters grew. Lidl and Aldi have seen a sizable sales growth in the same period. In Aldi’s case, the German discounter has often seen sales growth into the double digits.

Leading food and beverage retailers of Europe in 2018, based on retail revenue

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February 2020



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Supplementary notes

Numbers are rounded.
Information on Deloitte's study methodology and data sources is to be found on page 40.
* Estimate.
** Revenue includes wholesale and retail sales.
*** The source notes: "Carrefour S.A. has been excluded from this year’s report at the company’s request." Therefore numbers reflect 2016 values.
**** Ahold Delhaize (formerly Koninklijke Ahold N.V. and Delhaize Group SA)

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