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Retail wonders of the world: Surely you've shopped a few

Ever stood in line at a major retailer and contemplated all the sales in even one business day? If so, consider this: Receipts at the world's 250 largest chain stores were $5.7 million a minute, or – if you prefer – $95,000 per second, during the latest period for which data are available. That's what global accounting giant Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, in conjunction with STORES magazine, found in compiling a list of megaretailers. The biggest of the big, based on revenue, was Wal-Mart Stores of Bentonville, Ark., which has about 6,400 outlets worldwide and reported more than $300 billion in sales revenues for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2006. The world's largest retailers with the home country of each:

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1. Wal-Mart Stores US

2. Carrefour SA France

3. The Home Depot US

4. Metro AG Germany

5. Tesco PLC Britain

6. Kroger Co. US

7. Target Corp. US

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8. Costco Wholesale Corp. US

9. Sears Holdings Corp. US

10. Lidl & Schwarz Stiftung & Co. Germany


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