Founded in the 1960s, Asda today is one of Britain’s leading retailers. It has over 180,000 dedicated colleagues serving customers from 528 stores, including 25 ASDA Living stores, 23 depots and eight recycling centres across the UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland). It has its main home office in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is based in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda serves over 18 million shoppers a week in store and its growing home shopping business serves over 98 per cent of UK homes. Asda is part of the Walmart family, the world’s largest retailer.
Founded in the 1960s, Groupe Auchan, one of the world's largest food retailers, is present in 14 countries in Western Europe, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. It operates in different formats and brands: hypermarkets, supermarkets, drive-ins, online activities as well as real estate and banking businesses (Immochan and Banque Accord).
In 2011, Groupe Auchan achieved net sales of € 44.4 billion and employed 269,000 people. Groupe Auchan, an unlisted company, combines family and employee shareholders (11.9% of the capital is held by the employees). Its main objective: to improve the purchasing power and quality of life of the largest possible number of customers all around the world!
C & A
C&A is the well-known fashion retailer with operations throughout Europe. Under the roof of C&A there are 10 exclusive brands such as Yessica, Clockhouse, Angelo Litrico, Canda and Westbury. C&A has 1.500 stores across 19 European countries and employs more than 36,000 people. Recent annual turnover figures are over €6.5 billion.
Carrefour is Europe’s largest retailer and is a leading global player operating 15,661 stores (including franchisees) in 34 countries in Europe, Asia and Latin America. Its four main formats are hypermarkets, supermarkets, discount and convenience stores. Carrefour’s annual sales are over €107 billion in 2009 and the Group employs over 475,000 co-workers.
Dansk Supermarked is Denmark’s largest retail company. We operate about 1,400 stores via our føtex, Bilka, Netto stores and two Salling department stores in Denmark. Netto is the only chain operating abroad in Sweden, Germany and Poland. Every day we supply nearly two million customers with food and non-food products. Bilka is Denmark’s only hypermarket, and it also lends its name to our e-store, Bilka.dk. Dansk Supermarked has 33,000 employees in Denmark and a further 10,000 in Netto Sweden, Germany and Poland. Together we work around the clock to provide our customers with the very best shopping experience.
Sound business practice, common sense and a constant focus on costumers has been the recipe of our success ever since Herman Salling opened the first føtex store in 1960. Dansk Supermarked is owned by The Salling Foundations and A.P. Møller – Maersk A/S, and has a yearly turnover of 56 billion DKK.
Delhaize Group is a Belgian international food retailer present in eleven countries on three continents. At the end of the third quarter of 2011, Delhaize Group’s sales network consisted of 3,362 stores. In 2010, Delhaize Group posted € 20.8 billion (USD 27.6 billion) in revenues and € 574 million (USD 762 million) in net profit (Group share). At the end of the third quarter of 2011, Delhaize Group employed approximately 154,000 people. Delhaize Group’s stock is listed on NYSE Euronext Brussels (DELB) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEG).
El Corte Inglés
El Corte Inglés is a leading retailer in the Spanish market with a highly developed network of more than 1,317 stores in different formats and brands: department stores, hypermarkets (Hipercor), supermarkets (Supercor), fashion shops (Sphera) convenience stores (Opencor), DIY (Bricor) and phone articles (Telecor), plus travel agency business (Viajes El Corte Inglés) and insurance services. The department stores offer a full range of goods including food, fashions, furniture and cars and are also present in the Portuguese market. Its subsidiaries Sphera and Viajes El Corte Inglés operate in many European and American countries. The Group has a turnover of €16.4 billions and employs more than 102,700 people.
H & M
H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB (publ) was founded in Sweden in 1947 and is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Stockholm. The company’s business concept is to offer fashion and quality at the best price. In addition to H&M, the group includes the brands COS, Monki, Weekday and Cheap Monday as well as H&M Home. The H&M Group has approximately 2,500 stores in 43 markets. In 2011, sales including VAT were over € 14 million (SEK 128.788 million) and the number of employees was over 90,000.
The ICA Group (ICA AB) is one of the Nordic region’s leading food retailers, with around 2,100 of its own and retailer-owned stores in Sweden, Norway and the three Baltic states. The Group includes the retail companies ICA Sweden, ICA Norway and Rimi Baltic as well as ICA Real Estate. ICA also offers financial services to Swedish customers through ICA Bank. ICA AB is a joint venture 40% owned by Hakon Invest AB and 60% by Royal Ahold N.V. of the Netherlands. According to a shareholder agreement, Royal Ahold and Hakon Invest jointly share controlling influence over ICA AB. Through Royal Ahold, ICA AB is part of an international retail network.
IKEA is the world’s largest retailer in furniture and home furnishing with 298 stores in 26 countries. Its sales for 2012 were approximately €27 billion. Europe is IKEA’s top selling and purchasing region (70% of total sales and 61% of total supply). It has 139,000 co-workers and its stores are visited by approximately 690 million visitors per year. It distributes 212 million catalogues in 29 languages.
Inditex is one of the world’s largest fashion distributors, with eight sales formats - Zara, Pull and Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe - boasting 4,948 stores in 77 countries, with 92,301 employees. Its turnover in 2009 was €11 billion.
Founded in 1792, Jerónimo Martins is a Portuguese Group of international stature with 2,653 stores, 66,270 employees, and sales worth €9,838 million. Involving operations in wholesale and retail formats, the Jerónimo Martins Group is now the leader in Food Distribution in Portugal, with the brands Pingo Doce (leader in supermarkets) and Recheio (leader in cash & carry). In Poland, the Group has owned Biedronka, the largest food retail chain in the country, since 1997. Jerónimo Martins is the largest Manufacturing Group of fast moving consumer goods in Portugal, through its holdings in Unilever Jerónimo Martins and in Gallo Worldwide. The Jerónimo Martins Group is also engaged in the distribution and representation of international brands and the development of projects in the restaurant sector.
Lidl operates one of the largest network of food discount markets in Europe. The network includes around 10,000 stores in more than 20 European countries.
Lidl offers a broad range of products on large-scale sales areas. This includes a wide range of dairy products, frozen foods, processed meats, fresh meat, fresh poultry, daily fresh fruits and vegetables as well a large selection of breads, varied according to the selection typical for the country. Our assortment is supplemented by weekly specials including textiles, household goods, electronic products, games and recreation products.
Marks & Spencer
Marks & Spencer operates 700 stores in the UK selling clothing, food and home products. Its international business continues to expand with 360 stores in 42 territories. It also has a growing e-commerce business. M&S employs over 78,000 people and has a turnover of over €10.9 billion (£9.7 billion - ERRT estimate based on May 2011 exchange rate).
Mercadona is a family-owned company based in Spain. In 2012, the company had a turnover of €19.1 billion, with 4.6 million households shopping at their supermarkets. The company has a network of 1,411 shops throughout Spain, with 74.000 employees.
METRO GROUP is one of the largest and most important international retailing companies. In 2010 the Group reached sales of € 67.3 billion. The company has a headcount of some 283,000 employees and operates more than 2,100 stores in 33 countries. The performance of METRO GROUP is based on the strength of its sales divisions which operate independently in their respective market segments: Metro/Makro Cash & Carry – the international leader in self-service wholesale, Real hypermarkets, Media Markt and Saturn – European market leaders in consumer electronics retailing, and Galeria-Kaufhof department stores.
Ahold is an international retailing group based in the Netherlands, with powerful consumer brands in the United States and Europe. It provides customers with great value and a convenient and innovative shopping experience with a wide range of products and healthy choices. Ahold operates in 12 countries and owns 3,000 stores with over 210,000 employees. In 2010, net sales were € 29.5 billion.
Tesco is the UK’s largest retailer, with Group sales of over € 79 billion (£ 67.6 billion - Tesco full-year sales 2010/11, converted to euro based on full-year exchange rate). It operates supermarkets (including an expanding non-food business), convenience stores and retailing services – including Tesco Bank, online businesses and Tesco Mobile – in its core UK market. Tesco has growing overseas operations in Europe, Asia and the USA. It operates in 14 markets with over 5,300 stores and employs around 490,000 staff worldwide.