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Top 10 Supermarket Retail Chains In Germany

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Top 10 Supermarket Retail Chains In Germany

Germany is traditionally the economic powerhouse of Europe, however the German economy has faltered somewhat in recent months – on the back of a GDP decline at the end of last year, the IMF deemed Germany the worst performing major economy in the world, while in February, German economy minister Robert Habeck said that the country was currently in 'troubled waters'.

Business sentiment among retailers has shown a slight improvement in recent months, with the ifo Business Climate index for retailers standing at -13.3 points in May 2024, up from -14.5 points in April.

'While this reflects slightly better business expectations, the outlook for retailers remains pessimistic,' ifo said.

Among consumers, meanwhile, recent months have seen an upward trend in consumer confidence, with the HDE's consumer barometer rising for the fifth month in a row, to reach its highest level since August 2021.

Consumers are planning to shift their spending from saving to consumption, HDE said, while their propensity to buy is increasing compared to the previous month.

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The hosting of the Euro 2024 football championship in Germany is also likely to provide a fillip for the German retail sector, leading to additional sales of €3.8 billion, while the impact on consumer confidence could be notable if Germany progress well into the tournament's final stages.

Here's an overview of the top ten supermarket retail chains in Germany, according to their most recently-available full-year turnover. All data is supplied by Retail-Index.

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1. Edeka
Turnover: €66.2 billion (2022)

With a turnover of €62.7 billion in 2021, Edeka is the largest supermarket retail chain in Germany. Edeka operates several banners, including Edeka, Marktkauf, Netto, NP Niedrig-Preis, Diska and SPAR Express. Edeka has a network of 11,126 stores across the country as of this year.

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In 2023, EDEKA and Netto Marken-Discount strengthened their position as leading employers in Germany. Over the course of the year, around 2,000 new jobs were created in the group, and 19,220 young people completed their training by the end of the year.

2. Lidl & Kaufland
Turnover: €51.03 billion (2022)

Lidl and Kaufland, both part of Germany's Schwarz Group, ranks second with a turnover of €51.03 billion in 2022. Combined, the two retailers operate 4,020 stores across Germany, with Lidl having 3,250 outlets and Kaufland boasting 770 stores.

In May, Gerd Chrzanowski, general partner at Schwarz Group, hailed Lidl and Kaufland's ability to continued to offer attractive prices in an inflationary environment, saying that the group's performance reflects "first and foremost our operational excellence across all fields of business and the impressive commitment of our employees. We solidified our position in difficult economic times and continued on our growth trajectory."

3. REWE
Turnover: €41.1 billion (2022)

With a turnover of €41.1 billion (as of 2022), REWE operates several banners, including nahkauf, Penny, REWE (Partners), REWE Ihr Kaufpark, REWE, REWE City, REWE Center, and REWE To Go.

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REWE has a network of 6,725 stores in Germany, of which 2,150 are Penny outlets.

In April, REWE opened its first purely plant-based supermarket in Berlin, offering everything from organic vegetables to cheese and meat alternatives.

4. Aldi
Turnover: €30 billion (2022 – estimated) 

Discounter Aldi (incorporating both Aldi Nord and Aldi Süd) reported an estimated turnover of €30 billion in 2022, putting it in fourth place on the list. It operates 4,215 stores across Germany.

Weekly price reductions of up to 50% and promotional offers on grocery products are currently part of the retailer's pricing strategy.

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5. Lekkerland
Turnover: €8.5 billion (2022)

Lekkerland is a wholesale and retail company that operates in several European countries. In Germany, Lekkerland has a turnover of €8.5 billion and operates 52,400 stores, making it the market leader in terms of store count.

Since 2019, Lekkerland has been part of REWE Group. The business recently announced an extension of its partnership with forecourt operator Aral, until 2028.

6. Bela
Turnover: €5.2 billion (2022)

Bela, also known as Bartels-Langness Handelsgesellschaft, operates several banners, including Bela C&C, Famila, Markant, and Steiskal.

The company has a turnover of €5.2 billion and operates 201 stores across Germany, including 100 Familia stores.

7. Metro AG
Turnover: €4.71 billion (2022 – estimated)

With a heritage dating back to 1964, wholesale giant Metro AG boasted an estimated turnover of €4.71 billion (as of 2022) and operates 102 stores in Germany.

Metro operates in more than 30 countries. The store network comprises a total of 624 stores in 21 countries. Metro is currently in the process of reconstructing its Düsseldorf headquarters, a project that is scheduled for completion in 2026.

8. Norma
Turnover: €4.2 billion (2022 – estimated)

Discounter Norma boasts a portfolio of more than 1,450 stores across Germany and reported an estimated turnover of €4.2 billion in 2022. The retailer also has a presence in France, Austria and the Czech Republic.

Norma Group launched its global growth and efficiency programme, Step Up, in spring 2023. As of the first quarter of 2024, more than 1,300 individual measures have been identified, more than half of which are currently being implemented or have already been completed.

9. Globus
Turnover: €2.1 billion (2022 – estimated)

Globus is a hypermarket chain with a presence in several European countries, including Czechia, Luxembourg and Russia.

In Germany, the retailer boasts a turnover of €2.1 billion as of 2022, and operates 66 stores.

In April, Globus announced it will be teaming up with EnBW and Tesla to build charging parks at around 50 market hall locations by the end of 2024.

10. Hit Handelsgruppe
Turnover: €1.875 billion (2022)

Hit Handelsgruppe ranks tenth with a turnover of €1.875 billion in 2022, and 94 stores across Germany.

The retailer has been battling inflation in Germany by offering more than 1,000 new special offers every week.

Of course, this list only scratches the surface, with the German supermarket sector awash with both national and regional banners. Ranking just outside the top ten are retailers including Bünting, Tegut, Netto, Alnatura, V-Markt, K+K, Wasgau, Denn's Biomarkt and Lüning. Check www.retail-index.com for a full overview of Germany's supermarket landscape.

About Retail-Index

Retail-Index is a specialist supplier of management information on consumer retail markets, provided by Veraart Research Group in the Netherlands. Its mission is to supply managers with up-to-date key information on retail markets in Europe and support them in their international expansion.

The company dates back to 1964, when it started as a market research and marketing consulting company for consumer products and services. In 1989, it started publishing written reports on various retail sectors in Europe. As of 2005, it publishes its information on retailers through the online database and curated datasheet exports available on www.retail-index.com. A team of researchers manages the data to reflect upon current developments in the markets, collected from an extensive number of sources.

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