This report identifies the 250 largest retailers around the world. It also examines 10 trends for retailers to consider as they plan their growth strategies and confront the current economic crisis. Finally, it looks at "Q" ratio - a way of drawing inferences about the future performance of retailers by examining current financial information. Highlights from this year's report:
A number of discount retailers were big movers on the Top 250 list as consumers cut back to deal with the economic downturn. Schwarz Unternehmens Treuhand KG (Schwarz) climbed three places from 10th to 7th.Aldi GmbH (Aldi) also climbed this year and was the only new entry in the Top 10, taking the place of Sears Holdings Corporation (Sears).
Russian, Chinese and South Korean retailers were among fastest-growing. In fact, two Russian and four Chinese retailers new to last years list have climbed significantly in this years rankings, with two of the Chinese companies breaking into the top 100.
The reasons for going global have not disappeared and have actually been reinforced by recent events.