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Walmart, Aldi & Co .: The global retail giants

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DiePresse.com In addition to the top 10, shows you a selection of well-known companies that cavort in this select group.
Main pictureWorkers move a vending machine into position outside a new Walmart Express store in Chicago(c) REUTERS ( John Gress / Reuters)
Management consultant Deloitte Touche has compiled a ranking of the world's largest retailers. Half of the companies are from the USA. Nine of the companies are in the food industry. In 2012, the top 250 together have a turnover of 4.29 trillion dollars (3.4 trillion euros).

The largest Austrian company was able to keep its place among the top 100.
Due to its continuous expansion policy, the group now has furniture stores in nine countries. Mömax and Möbelix are also part of the company, which manages their licenses through a company in Malta. Sales in 2012 stood at $ 3.987 billion.
The German shoe retailer still ranks among the top 200 in the world. The expansion-friendly company had sales of just over 5.0 billion in 2012.
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The crisis-ridden German department store group recently became part of the investor Rene Benko. The Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe) in Berlin is the second largest European department store with 60,000 m² of retail space. Sales in 2012 amounted to 4.0 billion dollars, two years earlier it was 4.7 billion.
The German company, which operates drugstores under the name dm in Central and Southeastern Europe, has a turnover of 8.0 billion dollars. In Austria, dm sends more than 500 approved drugs to customers via a cooperation partner. The chain store made up 13 places in the ranking.
The company, founded in 1854, is represented in 21 countries in Europe. As a clothing provider in the lower price range for women, men and children, the group, headquartered in Brussels, has a turnover of 8.9 billion dollars.
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The Spar Group is the largest Austrian retail company. With the business types Spar, Spar supermarket, Eurospar and Interspar, the Salzburg-based group made a turnover of 12.5 billion dollars in 2012.
Gap is the largest US textile retailer. The group opened its first Austrian branch in Vienna's Donauzentrum in October. The turnover has increased by one billion compared to the last ranking and amounts to 15.6 billion in 2012.
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The British department store company operates over 375 stores across the UK, most of which consist of department stores in downtown locations. Marks & Spencer's expansion strategy in continental Europe failed in 2001. Sales in 2012 are $ 15.8 billion.
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The Swedish textile company is listed on the stock exchange. H&M offers fashion for women, men and children in 42 countries. However, at 17.8 billion dollars, sales of the expansive company are again well behind market leader Inditex.
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Inditex is the largest textile company in the world. The flagship of the Spanish group is the clothing brand Zara. Like its competitors, the group with annual sales of 20.5 billion has been criticized for the poor working conditions at individual suppliers.
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The Swedish furniture store operates 303 stores in 26 countries. IKEA is the largest household furniture brand in the world. The company founded by Ingvar Kamprad has an annual turnover of 35.3 billion dollars for 2012.
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The company's focus is on the food trade and the tourism division. The Billa Group has also been part of the German retail group since 1996. Total sales in 2012 are $ 49.0 billion.
Woolworths is the largest Australian retailer. The company sells food. The group is also the largest alcohol retailer and poker machine operator on the fifth continent. Sales are $ 58.6 billion.
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The US online retailer dominates the Internet market. The group is heavily criticized for its working conditions in the central warehouses. The nine-year-old company's annual sales grew 76 percent between 2010 and 2012 and amount to $ 58.7 billion.
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Target Cooperation is the second largest discount retailer in the United States. The company is headquartered in Minneapolis and had sales of nearly $ 72.0 billion in 2102. The retailer is listed on the S&P 500 stock index.
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The name Aldi is an abbreviation and originally stood for Albrecht Discount. In Austria the company operates under the name Hofer. The grocery discounter's sales rose to $ 73.0 billion.
The US Do It Yourself chain for hobbyists had sales of almost 74.7 billion dollars in 2012. The home improvement chain Home Depot was the target of an unprecedented attack in September 2014. Around 56 million customer credit cards are said to have been stolen.
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The German conglomerate holds the leading position in self-service wholesale. Large electronics companies such as Media Markt and Saturn are also part of the Metro portfolio, as are the Kaufhof department stores. The group has a turnover of 85.8 billion dollars.
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The best-known representatives of the group are the Lidl stores. The company is represented in 26 European countries. The grocery discounter has sales of $ 87.2 billion.
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The Kroger Co. is the largest grocery store with sales of $ 96.7 billion. The company is listed in the S&P 500 share index. It was founded in 1883 by Barney Kroger as a small grocery store in Cincinnati.
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In fourth place is Carrefour, the second largest European company. The French have a turnover of 98.7 billion dollars for 2012.
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3. Costco Wholesale Corporation
The company is a US wholesale chain with sales of 99.1 billion. The company, which has branches outside the USA primarily in Asia and Australia, only existed since 1983.
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Also in second place is a food company. The British company has sales of over $ 101.2 billion. The group is currently struggling hard with competitors Aldi and Lidl on the British Isles. In addition, a profit warning had to be issued as sales were overstated by £ 250 million.
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The global number one has retail sales of $ 469.1 billion, more than four times that of Tesco. The US company employs over two million people.
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