Apple Retail Leaps Ahead In Annual Ranking

August 29, 2011

Among an industry list of the 100 largest U.S. retail chains, there were few changes at the top—except for Apple. According to Chain Store Age Magazine, “white hot Apple” leaped from 57th place last year to #34, with 2010 revenues of $9.82 billion. Topping the list was Walmart at $418 billion and 8,970 stores, followed by grocery chain Kroger and warehouse outlet Costco. Just ahead of Apple in revenue is BJ’s Wholesale Club (189 stores), and following Apple is Limited Brands (2,968 stores across several brands). The magazine noted that the top 20 companies on this year’s list are the same as 2010, with only a few position swaps. The biggest change amongst the retailers was not revenues, the magazine said, but strategy. Many chains are downsizing stores or reducing the number of stores, even big retailers such as Target and Walmart. Many retailers are also looking at international opportunities to increase their revenues, including in Canada. Download (pdf) the full survey for the entire list of 100 companies and their details.

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