Rank, Company: Headquarters; Top Executive; Net Sales In Billions; Number Of Stores; Countries of Operation
ong Kong, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Korea, U.K., U.S.
2 Carrefour: France; Jose Luis Duran; 90.3; 11,080
Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, French Polynesia, Greece, Guadeloupe, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Martinique, Mexico, New Caledonia, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
3 Metro Group: Germany; Hans-Joachim Korber; 70.1; 2,562
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Moldova, Morocco, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, U.K., Vietnam
4 Ahold: Netherlands; Anders C. Moberg; 64.6; 7,078
Costa Rica, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Guatemala, Honduras, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, U.S.
5 Tesco: U.K.; Terry Leahy; 62.2; 2,391
China, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, U.K.
6 Kroger: U.S.; David B. Dillon; 56.4; 3,790
7 Rewe: Germany; Achim Egner; 50.7; 13,433
Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine
8 Costco: U.S.; James Sinegal; 47.1; 441.
Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, U.K., U.S
9 ITM (Intermarche): France; Michel Pattou; 44.0 e; 10,753
Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Spain
10 Schwarz Group: Germany; Gunter Fergen; 42.6 e; 6,627
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, U.K.
11 Aldi: Germany; Theo Albrecht; 41.9 e; 7,435
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, U.K., U.S.
12 Albertsons: U.S.; Larry Johnston; 39.9; 2,525
13 AEON: Japan; Motoya Okada; 38.8; 9,956
Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, U.K., U.S.
14 Walgreens: U.S.; David W. Bernauer; 37.5; 4,585
Puerto Rico, U.S.
15 Auchan: France; Gerard Mulliez; 37.2; 2,835
Angola, Argentina, China, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Morocco, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Taiwan
16 Safeway: U.S.; Steven A. Burd; 35.8; 1,908
Canada, Mexico, U.S.
17 Ito-Yokado: Japan; Sakae Isaka; 33.5; 19,752
Australia, Canada, China, Guam, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Turkey, U.S.
18 Leclerc: France; Edouard Leclerc; 32.8 e; 552
France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain
19 Edeka: Germany; Alfons Frenk; 31.8 e; 1,305
Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Russia
20 Sainsbury: U.K.; Justin King; 29.9; 743
21 Tengelmann: Germany; Karl-Erivan W. Haub; 29.8 e; 7,617
Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, U.S.
22 Casino: France; Jean-Charles Naouri; 28.8; 9,019
Argentina, Bahrain, Brazil, Colombia, Comoros, France, Lebanon, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Poland, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Uruguay, U.S., Venezuela, Vietnam
23 Coles Myer: Australia; John Fletcher; 23.7; 2,683
Australia, New Zealand
24 Morrisons: U.K.; Ken Morrison; 22.5; 559
25 Delhaize Group: Belgium; Pierre-Olivier Beckers; 22.3; 2,579
Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Romania, Slovakia, U.S.
Source: M+M Planet Retail ; www.planetretail.net, SN research
e=estimate. Sales figures are for the latest financial year. Companies included must have a third of their sales from food. Information taken from company documents unless otherwise indicated.
Notes: Wal-Mart Stores' figures includes Seiyu and Seiyu joint ventures. Carrefour sold its Japan and Mexico operations in 2005; has a franchise agreement in Norway. ITM sold its German operations to Edeka in 2005. Ito-Yokado has 7-Eleven stores in Denmark, Norway, Singapore, South Korea and Sweden. Tengelmann sold its China operations in 2005. Casino announced franchise deals in Switzerland. Delhaize Group plans to sell its Slovakia operations to Rewe in 2005.