SN's Top 25 Worldwide Food Retailers

RANK COMPANY SALES IN BILLIONS HEADQUARTERS TOP EXECUTIVE NUMBER OF STORES COUNTRIES OF OPERATION 1 WAL-MART STORES $401.2 U.S. Mike Duke 7,873 Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Russia, United Kingdom, United States 2 CARREFOUR 127.3 France Lars Olofsson 15,430 Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria,

RANK COMPANY SALES IN BILLIONS HEADQUARTERS TOP EXECUTIVE NUMBER OF STORES COUNTRIES OF OPERATION
1 WAL-MART STORES $401.2 U.S. Mike Duke 7,873 Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Japan, Mexico, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, Russia, United Kingdom, United States
2 CARREFOUR 127.3 France Lars Olofsson 15,430 Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Greece, Guadeloupe, India, Indonesia, Italy, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Martinique, Morocco, New Caledonia, Oman, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates
3 TESCO 99.7 U.K. Terry Leahy 4,300 China, Czech Republic, Hungary, India, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States
4 METRO GROUP 98.6 Germany Eckhard Cordes 2,195 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vietnam
5 SCHWARZ GROUP 80.9e Germany Klaus Gehrig 9,300 Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
6 KROGER 76.0 U.S. David Dillon 3,637 United States
7 REWE 73.4e Germany Alain Caparros 13,000 Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, Ukraine
8 COSTCO 71.0 U.S. Jim Sinegal 544 Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States
9 ALDI 65.7e Germany Hartmuth Wiesemann 9,000 Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States
10 AUCHAN 57.8 France Vianney Mulliez 2,777 Algeria, Angola, China, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine, Vietnam
11 SEVEN & I 54.6 Japan Toshifumi Suzuki 25,137 Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, United States
12 AEON 50.6 Japan Motoya Okada 15,824 Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United States
13 EDEKA 49.1 Germany Markus Mosa 13,028 Germany
14 LECLERC 47.3 France Michel-Edouard Leclerc 980 France, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Reunion, Slovenia, Spain
15 SUPERVALU 44.6 U.S. Craig Herkert 2,421 United States
16 ITM (INTERMARCHÉ) 44.3e France Michel Pattou 4,075 Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, France, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain
17 SAFEWAY (USA) 44.1 U.S. Steven Burd 1,739 Canada, Mexico, United States
18 WOOLWORTHS (AUS.) 42.2e Australia Michael Luscombe 3,066 Australia, India, New Zealand
19 CASINO 42.0 France Jean-Charles Naouri 9,967 Argentina, Bahrain, Belgium, Benin, Brazil, Cameroon, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, France, French Guiana, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Kuwait, Madagascar, Martinique, Mauritius, Morocco, the Netherlands, New Caledonia, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Switzerland, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam
20 AHOLD 37.6 Netherlands John Rishton 2,897 Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovakia, Sweden, United States
21 SAINSBURY 34.7 U.K. Justin King 792 United Kingdom
22 TENGELMANN 32.7e Germany Karl-Erivan W. Haub 7,450 Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Ukraine, United States
23 COLES GROUP 30.9e Australia Ian McLeod 3,370 Australia, New Zealand
24 LOBLAW 28.9 Canada Galen Weston 1,036 Canada
25 DELHAIZE GROUP 27.8 Belgium Pierre-Olivier Beckers 2,673 Belgium, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Luxembourg, Romania, United States
Based on sales for calendar 2008 or fiscal year closest to calendar 2008. All sales include nonfood operations and are net sales in U.S. dollars based on full-year average exchange rates. Store counts include franchised or licensed locations and may include nonfood outlets; counts are based on Planet Retail research, company reports and estimates.