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All turnover figures are based on the latest financial records as published by the retailers in annual reports and/ or press releases.
Practical rankings of Food retailers in Europe and major countries outside Europe in combination with 1050 profiles of food retailers/retail head-offices can be found in our online retailers database.
Since 1989 we register and publish key data on food retailers worldwide. Originally in printed reports but now replaced by this online database which is updated 4 times per year.
All European food retailers account for approximately € 3.0 trillion turnover in 2012 with in total 240,000 outlets. France, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom are the countries with the highest food retail turnover. The biggest retail chains are the French Carrefour, German Metro with the banners Real and Metro Cash&Carry, Schwarz Group (Germany) with the discounters Lidl and Kaufland, Tesco (UK) and Rewe Group (Germany) with its biggest banners Rewe and the discounter Penny.
Still each of them has no more than a few percent of this huge market. Some retailers already exist for many decades but in each market we see “younger” retailers effectively competing against the established retailers. Some examples are Morrisons in UK, Jumbo in the Netherlands and Lidl in Germany and France. Price-competition in balance with adequate service has been the main sales arguments these years. The development for the next decades will be determined by the ability to include online selling and smart logistics to end-users. UK food retailers clearly lead the way with Tesco now selling 5% of it’s total turnover via the Internet. E food will be the fastest growing turnover in the next 5 years.
By using this database you will get a quick and practical overview of each retail market and the leading players. The profile for each retailer includes name, headquarter address, phone, fax, top manager(s), company website, online shop, turnover, banners, number of stores etc. For multinational retailers the address of the International head-office as well as local office in each country is reported.
For the exact number of food retailers per country, use the green button to the right of this page.
In order to show what you can get from this online database, we recommend to go to the page Example Ranking Portugal Food where you can see the ranking of all the retailers in Portugal. Just click on a retailer name and you see the profile.
Access to the data is on paid subscription as you can see the page Price & Order. The standard subscription is for one year and will automatically end after that period unless you send us an explicit order for renewal.
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