Wal-Mart again reigns as unchallenged leader among US retailers, accounting for nearly 22 percent of sales among the top 100 retailers, according to the 2008 STORES Top 100 Retailers study, issued by the National Retail Federation's STORES magazine, writes MarketingCharts.
Wal-Mart's 2007 revenue of $379 billion was nearly five times that of second-place Home Depot. The top 100 retailers together accounted for $1.74 trillion in sales in 2007.
Despite the crisis in the housing market, Home Depot retained its No. 2 position, followed by CVS, its acquisition of Caremark shooting it to No. 3, whereas Kroger moved down a notch to No. 4.
The top 10 list makes plenty of room for mass merchants: Costco Wholesale is in fifth place, Target is sixth, Sears Holdings (Sears, Kmart, hardware and home furnishings chains) is eighth. Walgreen, though now behind CVS, is seventh, while in tenth place is SUPERVALU.
Nontraditional retailers selling digital downloads and personal telecommunications equipment are included in the list for the first time - think Dell, Apple/iTunes, Verizon and AT&T.
About the rankings: The STORES Top 100 Retailers (pdf) are US-based (except for Alimentation Couche-Tarde - most of its operations are in the US) and ranked by sales volume (which includes foreign revenues) as reported in SEC filings and company public statements, as well as, in specific instances, STORES research estimates.