With $473.1 billion in sales, Wal-Mart Stores maintained the top spot on the 2014 list of worldwide food retailers.
Costco jumped from the No. 4 spot last year to No. 2, due to an elevated rate of expansion, said Skrovan.
“The retailer added +26 net new clubs in 2013, the most it has opened since pre-recession days,” she said. “Global operations are playing an increasingly important role for the retailer too. In addition to new club openings, the retailer remains a leader in per unit productivity. Comp gains are driven by adding memberships, strong member retention, and a keen focus on providing value on consumables side of club as well as exciting members with treasure hunt-type deals in general merchandise."
Tesco, which dropped two spots to the No. 4 slot, is in the midst of a domestic recovery program, according to David Gray, a retail analyst at Planet Retail.
“Through investments in store refurbishments, EDLP, the Clubcard loyalty scheme and multi-channel initiatives the company hopes to turn around flagging sales,” he said. “This turnaround will be measured in years rather than months — with the domestic store refurbishment not set to be completed until 2017.”
With $98.4 billion in sales, Kroger maintained its rank as the No. 5 global retailer.
Aldi once again occupies the No. 8 spot with $81.1 billion in sales.
Target is the No. 9 retailer in world, based on SN’s Top 25 Global Food Retailers list.
Safeway, which sold its Canadian supermarket operations to Sobeys for $5.7 billion last year, drop two positions to No. 22.
“Publix moved up the ranks to take the No. 3 spot away from Supervalu on the U.S. conventional supermarket leader board — thus pushing itself onto the Global Top 25 (No. 23),” said Skrovan.
“The retailer, recognized for its fresh offer — including fresh produce and a well-developed meals solutions offer, including its Aprons program — caters to a higher-end shopper compared with other conventional grocers. These higher-income shoppers have tended to bounce back from the economic doldrums and are loosening their purse strings, which has benefited Publix.”