Wal-Mart poised to take $0.5trillion in sales by 2014

Wal-Mart: poised to take half a trillion US$

Wal-Mart: poised to take half a trillion US$

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, will soon reach half a trillion US dollars ($500,000,000) in sales, according to the latest forecasts from international food and grocery analysts IGD.

The figures released today (17 February 2011), also reveal Tesco is set to grow its global business by 7.5% a year:

With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.5% between 2010 and 2015, Tesco is set to be the fastest growing retailer of the global grocery top four (Wal-Mart, Carrefour, Tesco, Metro), says the IGD.

Driven by sharing best practice in areas like loyalty and services across its markets, and particularly by activity in Asia, it will grow sales to €106,074m by 2015 (compared with €73,777m in 2010).

Wal-Mart, with a CAGR of 4.7% taking global sales to €401,753m, will remain the world’s largest retailer in 2015. The IGD predicts it will pass half a trillion US dollars in 2014

Carrefour’s new hypermarket format, Carrefour Planet, and strong growth in emerging markets, will support its position at number two in the global rankings, says the IGD.

Metro, meanwhile, is tipped to rely on its international operations, which are predicted to grow faster than its domestic ones.

By 2015 the top four global grocery retailers will account for €717,208m of turnover, of which 43% will be derived from their international operations, says the IGD.

Joanne Denney-Finch, chief executive, IGD, said: “Global retailers that want to achieve the highest growth rates are those that are building a presence in emerging markets. Rapid urbanisation and a growing middle class will create big opportunities in countries like Brazil, China, Russia and India.

“With retailer investment plans heavily focused on these emerging markets, food and drink manufacturers will need to keep pace if they want to be part of the growth. Each market is different and nobody should take their eye off the mature and domestic markets which still provide the bulk of sales for the international players.”