Wal-Mart Kicking Major Butt in the Free Market

 Posted by on 21 August 2005 at 6:08 am  Uncategorized
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According to the latest rankings from the National Retail Federation listing US retailers according to their 2004 gross sales, Wal-Mart was a clear #1, racking up a total of over $288 billion last year. This was nearly 4 times the gross sales of #2 Home Depot, and was greater than the combined totals of retailers #2 through #6.

Here’s the list of the Top Ten (in billions of $):

1. Wal-Mart $288.2 Bentonville, Ark.
2. Home Depot $73.1 Atlanta
3. Kroger $56.4 Cincinnati
4. Costco $47.1 Issaquah, Wash.
5. Target $46.8 Minneapolis
6. Albertsons $39.9 Boise, Idaho
7. Walgreens $37.5 Deerfield, Ill.
8. Lowe’s $36.5 Mooresville, N.C.
9. Sears $36.1 Hoffman Estates, Ill.
10. Safeway $35.8 Pleasanton, Calif.

Interested readers can find the full list of the Top 100 here (PDF format, starting page 5). Interestingly enough, one of our favorite stores Trader Joe’s (alas not available here in Colorado!) came in at #61, just a couple of slots behind Borders Books at #59. Amazon Books was listed at #40, ahead of both Borders and #50 Barnes & Noble.

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