Brazil: leading supermarkets and food retailers 2018, by revenue

In 2018, Carrefour Comércio e Indústria Ltda. was the leading supermarket and food retail store in Brazil, with an annual gross revenue of approximately 56.34 billion Brazilian reals. Grupo Pão de Açúcar followed closely behind Carrefour, and the two companies lead the industry by a wide margin.

Growth of Carrefour in Brazil

Since founding its first Brazilian hypermarket in São Paolo in 1975, the French multinational corporation Carrefour has made Brazil one of its major focus countries. Carrefour's gross revenue in Brazil has been increasing at a robust pace over the past decade, boosted by the 2007 purchase of the wholesale Brazilian hypermarket chain Atacadão.

Merging with the competition

Together, Carrefour and Atacadão are the largest companies in the Brazil's retail sector, based on annual net revenue. Carrefour came even closer to a monopoly when the company attempted to purchase its largest competitor, Grupo Pão de Açúcar (GPA). However, the negotiations were ultimately dropped, after facing significant public and political resistance, as well as the rejection of GPA's co-owner Casino — a French multinational retail conglomerate in competition with Carrefour.

Leading supermarkets and food retail stores in Brazil in 2018, by gross revenue

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Release date

May 2019



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Supplementary notes

* Also known as Companhia Brasileira de Distribuição.
Data for Walmart Brasil Ltda., ranked 3rd in the ABRAS ranking, was not available.
Figures have been rounded.

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