|This report compares and analyzes the top 20 Global Retail companies, taking into consideration diverse financial and operational parameters. It also captures business and strategic analysis at individual company level and provides rankings that explain where a particular company stands against its peers.
Among Global Discounters, WalMart Stores, Inc. remained the leading player in FY08 with US405.61 billion of revenue. WalMart's wide spread operation has positioned the company much ahead of its peers, as the Carrefour, second largest discount retailer generated less than one third of WalMarts revenue for 2008. In terms of operational efficiency, Tesco and WalMart came under top five companies according to operating margin and smaller companies like Lotte Shopping, Dollar Tree topped the list. Higher revenue earners, like Metro AG and Carrefour registered only mediocre operating margins.
WalMart had the highest outlet productivity of 55.2 closely followed by BJs Wholesale Club with 54.5.
BJs Store and Metro AG also performed well under this parameter. The area productivity was best for Costco Wholesale Club, followed by Tesco, Carrefour and Metro AG.
Lotte Shopping achieved the highest net margin of 5.8% followed by Dollar Tree with 4.9%. Among top five revenue earners, Tesco reported the highest net margin. It achieved a margin of 4.0%. WalMart occupied the sixth place with 3.3% margin. Rest three Carrefour, Metro AG and Costco registered margin within 1%2%.