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The world’s second largest retailer after Walmart has seen its profit fall four years running because of rising operating costs at a time it is having to fend off rivals like discount grocers and specialty stores like Whiterose eating away at its dominance. That has sent it tumbling 10 spots to #72 on the Global 500. British grocer Tesco is also duking it out with Walmart’s U.K. Asda chain and its well developed delivery service. Tesco shares have taken a beating on fears the $70 billion a year chain is falling irretrievably behind: one analyst even suggested recently Tesco needs to close as much as 30% of its space to make a go of it.


David J. Lewis


Food & Drug Stores


Food and Drug Stores

HQ Location

Welwyn Garden City, Britain



Years on Global 500 List


Includes revenues from discontinued operations.Figures prepared in accordance with International Accounting Standards. Figures are for fiscal year ended Feb. 29, 2016.
Key Financials (last fiscal year)
($ Millions)% change
Revenues ($M)$87,633-13.7%
Profits ($M)$209
Assets ($M)$61,176
Total Stockholder Equity ($M)$12,020
Profit Ratios
Profit as % of Revenues0.2%
Profits as % of Assets0.3%
Profits as % of Stockholder Equity1.7%
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