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July 5, 2012
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Increases in grocery sales in 2011 helped shape the Stores Top 100 Retailers report for 2012, the Washington, D.C.-based National Retail Federation announced this week.

Walmart remains the largest retailer in the U.S., with sales of $316 billion dwarfing the next four retailers on the list combined – Kroger, Target, Walgreen and Costco.

Private label sales contributed to the top retailers’ bottom lines. Of the 31 U.S. companies represented in PLBuyer’s 2011 Top 35 list of North American private label grocery retailers, all but one are ranked in the Stores Top 100. That includes seven of the top 10 (the top five, plus CVS Caremark at number 7 and Safeway at number 10) and 15 of the top 20 (Supervalu at 13, Publix at 14, Rite Aid at 17, Ahold USA at 18 and Delhaize America at 19).

The lone company on PLB’s Top 35 not represented on the Stores list is Nash Finch.

Safeway moved back into the top 10 on this year’s list, with sales growth of 5.6 percent to $36.9 billion in 2011. Two other companies made the list for the first time this year – Harris Teeter Supermarkets, which ranked at number 80 after a 4.5 percent sales growth to $4.3 billion, and Roundy’s Supermarkets, which came in at  number 88 after 2.2 percent sales growth to $3.8 billion.

“When it comes to grocery retailers, fundamental shifts in how their customers shop – primarily because of the ‘need vs. want’ argument – have changed which companies might excel faster than others,” Stores Media Editor Susan Reda said in a news release announcing the list.

The list is featured in the July issue of Storesmagazine and was compiled by Kantar Retail.

“Food and fuel inflation contributed to the rise of many grocery and club retailers, but there was a real separation amongst those that were able to deliver strong brand and value propositions, including pure value players like Dollar General and Aldi to higher-end companies like Whole Foods Market and Apple,” Kantar Retail Global Data Manager Alexandra Mansfield said in the release.

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