Macy's and Costco rose, Walgreens and Best Buy fell, and Apple grew even faster than Amazon on the Stores top 100 retailers list, the magazine reported on Monday (July 1).
In the annual rankings, based on 2012 U.S. retail sales, Walgreens (NYSE:WAG) fell to the No. 6 spot from No. 4 in 2011 with sales down 1.2 percent, while Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) dropped to No. 12 from No. 9 even though its sales inched up by 1.1 percent. Meanwhile, Macy's (NYSE:M) climbed to No. 14 from No. 16 with a 4.9 percent sales rise, and Costco (NASDAQ:COST) almost managed to overtake No. 3 Target (NYSE:TGT) with 10.6 percent sales growth.
For the record, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) still has U.S. sales bigger than its four largest competitors combined. And then there's Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), which for the first time since 2010 was not the fastest growing big retailer. Amazon's sales jumped 30.4 percent, taking it to No. 11 from No. 15. But Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) retail arm grew even faster at 34.6 percent. (Technically, the biggest gainer was grocer Bi-Lo, but its sales only jumped a whopping 353 percent because it swallowed Winn-Dixie.)
In bricks-and-mortar, the biggest gainer in actual new stores—not just from a merger—was Bed Bath & Beyond (NASDAQ:BBBY), up 25.5 percent.
The biggest losers in retail? JCPenney (NYSE:JCP) (U.S. sales down down 24.7 percent), Albertsons (down 10.9 percent) and Sears (NASDAQ:SHLD) (down 9.2 percent).
And despite all the fears that e-commerce is threatening to demolish bricks-and-mortar stores, only one other pure-play e-tailer joined Amazon in the top 100: a slowly declining Dell (NASDAQ:DELL). If there's any doubt left about how far behind Amazon has left the rest of pure-play e-tail, this should end it.
- See the full Stores top 100 list
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