Rankings and profiles of the top retailers in Europe

Our database consists of approximately 9500 retailers. We focus on Europe, with more than 6800 merchants, but we have recently expanded to Asia and America and included companies from countries such as China, Japan, USA and Canada. The retailers of each country are divided into 18 sectors and are thereafter ranked by their current turnover. We also present a detailed profile for each retailer separately.

Europe consists of more than 741 million people living in 48 states. Their wealth varies greatly, but overall the poorest of these states still rank well above the world average of GDP per capita and general living standards. Therefore, Europe is often named the most important retail region worldwide.

As can be expected, the biggest retail companies in Europe are located in the well-established western countries and the vast majority operate in the food sector. When taking a look at the top 10 retailers with regards to revenue, you will find that 5 of them are German, 3 are French and 2 are from the United Kingdom.

The indisputable number one is the German Schwarz-Gruppe(owner of Lidl), with a turnover of €79 billion. They are followed by the Metro GroupTescoand Carrefour, who all reported a yearly revenue exceeding €50 billion.

IkeaEuronics and online retailers Amazon and Otto are examples of companies outside the food sector with revenue comparable to the food merchants named above. Online retailing has experienced the highest growth in sales in the recent years, with an annual increase of up to 40% for Amazon alone. Even though this growth will almost certainly slow down in the coming years, Amazon is expected to double its turnover in 3 to 4 years. This would mean that they will surpass the Schwarz-Gruppe as the biggest retailer in Europe by 2021.

At the right hand side of this page we present the top 25 European retailers by turnover value.

Access to the complete database can only be obtained by means of a paid one-year subscription. Check our Price & Order page for more information, as prices vary per sector and country.

For a free demo of the extent of the information the database presents you can go to EXAMPLES. Here you will find all the data for Portugal, which gives you a good idea of the way the retailers in other European countries are also reported. 

Contact Veraart Research via or phone +3162000 6058 for inquiries. 

For other top 10 retail rankings see: FranceGermany, ItalyNetherlandsSpain and UK.

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