Duopoly rank in global top 20


Coles,supermarketAustralia’s two biggest supermarket chains Woolworths and Coles continue to punch above their weight, cementing their place among the world’s top 20 retailers.

Woolworths jumped two spots to 15th place while Coles’ parent company, Wesfarmers, fell one place to 19th in a global ranking of the 250 biggest retailers by revenue.

This year’s Deloitte Global Powers of retailing report found Australian consumers were fairly upbeat in the face of a difficult start overseas in the last fiscal year.

“Our home grown retailers Woolworths and Wesfarmers continue to maintain their impressive position in the top 20 global retailing powers,” Deloitte Australia Partner David White said.

Overseas retailers were still eager to target Australia to exploit relatively strong consumer spending, he said.

“The relative strength of the Australian economy has persisted,” White said.

Woolworths, Australia’s largest supermarket chain, beat global online retailer Amazon in terms of revenue, while Wesfarmers was ranked ahead of US supermarket giant Safeway, Deloitte said.

The report again ranked US behemoth Wal-Mart as the largest retailer in the world followed by UK supermarket operator Tesco and US wholesale group Costco which now has operations in Australia.

Tesco nudged out fourth-placed French supermarket chain Carrefour for second place.

All of the other companies in the top 20 come from highly populated countries with large consumer bases such as the United States, Germany, UK, Japan and France.

The report found more than half of domestic retailers predict consumer confidence will increase in 2014.

White said global firms Next and River Island who have been selling to Australia through their online stores were rumoured to open physical outlets after global fashion giants Uniqlo and H&M decided to open stores in Melbourne.

Deloitte found the fastest growing company was Dutch supermarket chain Jumbo Groep which recorded a 115 per cent jump in revenue growth.

Meanwhile, Amazon doubled its revenue growth to cement itself as the largest online company, followed by Apple and Wal-Mart.

Eighty per cent of the top 250 retailers posted an increase in retail with a total revenue of $4.3 trillion in 2012.




  1. merk posted on January 14, 2014

    Really? WOW & WES continue to punch above their weight, cementing their place among the world’s top 20 retailers > hardly surprising given Australia is a G20 economy! Sinseriously though.... it's obvious that our legislators need to keep giving it to them. As consumers we can then pay more for our shopping trolleys, just like we now do for petrol since the ACCC tore-up market competition with the limits applied to fuel vouchers discounts.

  2. Jon posted on January 14, 2014

    And the big keep getting bigger whilst small business disappears into oblivions

  3. Keith posted on January 14, 2014

    What a plucky little duopoly it is - 'punching above its weight' like that. Makes you proud to be Aussie, don't it? Trouble is, it's punching small Australian retailers, Australian consumers and its long-suffering suppliers.

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