Top 400 Retail and Wholesale Companies Germany – List of the Largest Trading Companies

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“The best overview of German retail companies.”

  • Excel list of the 400 largest German retail companies (by revenue) for download
  • Contains: Wholesalers, retailers and online traders incl. industry information
  • Including: sales (2015-2018), number of employees, e-mail, address, telephone number, management, etc.
  • Download of the Excel file valid indefinitely, free updates within one year after purchase, free preview file available
  • Last update: 17.06.2020

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Research Germany - List of Largest Trading and Retail Companies

Database of the Largest Retail Companies in Germany for Immediate Download as Excel List

With the database of the largest retail companies in Germany, Research Germany offers a unique market overview of the most important players. In addition to general contact data of the largest German retailers, the list also contains the turnover of the last few years as well as the number of employees. This makes it easy to sort and filter the largest trading companies in Germany according to size. In addition, the database contains information on the industry in which the respective companies are active, so that you can identify the right partners for your project without spending hours of your own research. Our lists are updated regularly and are always up to date. As a customer, you will receive our updates free of charge by e-mail within one year of purchase. You can purchase the database directly as an Excel list via our online shop and start working right away. Lead generation in the German retail industry has never been easier.

Part of our List of the Largest Retail Companies in Germany: Retailers, Wholesalers, Online Retailers

The retail sector reflects the German economy in its variety. Many retailers specialise in specific sectors and are market leaders in their respective industries. With our list of the largest retailers in Germany, we cover all areas and make this difficult-to-understand industry transparent. You can use the database to identify specific retailers, wholesalers or e-commerce companies. Thanks to our categorization and segmentation you can see at a glance in which industries the respective companies are active. Thus, our list offers much more than just an address database.

This Information is Included in the List:

  • Company name
  • General contact information (address, e-mail address, telephone number, website)
  • Names of the executives
  • Revenues for the years 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 (taken from the respective annual and consolidated financial statements)
  • Number of employees (based on the respective annual and consolidated financial statements)
  • Classification by industry (see below)
  • Own stationary trade (yes/no)
  • Own online trade (yes/no)
Research Germany - List of Largest Trading and Retail Companies

The following segments of the German retail industry are covered by the address database:

In order to give you an impression of the scope of our database, we list below some industries that are covered by the database. Our research team has developed a field of activity for each company, combining the necessary granularity with a meaningful segmentation and categorization.

Wholesale Trade

  • Electrical wholesale (e.g. UNI ELEKTRO Fachgroßhandel GmbH & Co. KG)
  • Industrial trade (e.g. Klöckner & Co SE)
  • Chemical trade (e.g. Brenntag AG)
  • Pharmaceutical trade (e.g. GEHE Pharma Handel GmbH)
  • Construction trade (e.g. EUROBAUSTOFF Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG)
  • Sanitary trade (e.g. Richter + Frenzel GmbH & Co. KG)
  • etc.


  • Food retail trade (LEH) (e.g. EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co KG)
  • Wine trade (e.g. Hanseatisches Wein- und Sekt-Kontor Hawesko GmbH)
  • Fashion and textile trade (e.g. Peek & Cloppenburg KG)
  • Mail order business (e.g. Otto GmbH & Co KG)
  • Vehicle trade (e.g. Mahag Automobilhandel und Service GmbH & Co. OHG)
  • Furniture trade (e.g. POCO Einrichtungsmärkte GmbH)
  • Book trade (e.g. H. Hugendubel GmbH & Co. KG)
  • etc.

Online Trade / E-Commerce

  • Online fashion trade (e.g. Zalando SE, GmbH)
  • Online furniture trade (e.g. home24 SE)
  • Online trade in children’s products (e.g. SE, GmbH)
  • Online music store (e.g. Thomann GmbH)
  • Online wine trade (e.g. GmbH)
  • etc.

Why Research Germany is the best contact for high-quality German industry lists

In recent years, the research team of Research Germany has established itself as a trusted partner for lead generation in Germany. Our databases are characterized by high data quality and valuable additional information on the companies contained in them. We work with modern, software-supported research methods to make industries that are difficult to understand easily accessible. However, we check every entry manually because we believe that fully automated research never meets the quality standards we want to offer our clients. If you have any questions about our service or are interested in a preview file of our lists, we will be happy to assist you. Just send us a short e-mail to contact[at] and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We are also available for individual orders. By the way, we cover many other areas of the German economy besides the German retail industry. Examples are our list of the 1,000 German industrial companies with the highest turnover or the database of the top 400 real estate investors in Germany. We look forward to welcoming you as a customer and to providing you with real added value with our data.

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List of the 5 Largest Trading Companies in Germany

Trade is one of the central economic sectors in Germany. Trading companies contribute about 16 percent of the gross domestic product and provide a good 3 million jobs. These are the 5 largest trading companies in the Federal Republic of Germany:

#1: EDEKA ZENTRALE AG & Co. KG, Hamburg: Revenues of €55.7 Billion (2019)

EDEKA is the largest German food retailer. The group and the decentralised cooperative organisation enter into a unique symbiosis. The EDEKA headquarters is the umbrella for 7 regional companies. Around 4,500 independent EDEKA retailers form the basis. The network includes, among others, the discounter Netto, various bakery chains, beverage retailers and self-service department stores.

#2: REWE Deutscher Supermarkt AG & Co. KGaA, Cologne: Revenues of €55.4 Billion (2019)

With around 3,600 stores, REWE is the number 2 in German food retailing and at the same time Germany’s second largest trading company. Originally organised as a cooperative, Rewe has long since formed a group of companies. The current structure has been in place since 2006, when various supermarket chains of the Group were merged under the REWE brand. The discounter Penny also belongs to REWE.

#3: METRO AG, Düsseldorf: Revenues of  €27.1 Billion (2018/19)

METRO AG was created in 2017 from the split-up of the old Metro Group and combined the retail chains Metro Cash & Carry and Real. The Real stores were sold to an investor group in February 2020. What remained is essentially Metro Cash & Carry – an international wholesale chain with a total of 760 self-service wholesale stores in 25 countries.

#4: PHOENIX Pharmahandel GmbH & Co KG, Mannheim: Revenues of €25.8 Billion (2018/19)

PHOENIX Pharmahandel is the number 1 pharmaceutical wholesaler in Germany and a leading European healthcare provider. The company belongs to the Merckle Group – a conglomerate with a focus on pharmaceuticals. PHOENIX Pharmahandel supplies 56,000 pharmacies in 27 countries with pharmaceuticals and healthcare products.

#5: CECONOMY AG, Düsseldorf: Revenues of €21.5 Billion (2018/19)

Like METRO AG, CECONOMY was created in 2017 from the split-up of the old Metro Group. Since then the consumer electronics chains Mediamarkt and Saturn have been operating under the new name. In operational terms, the stores are organized under the umbrella of the MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group in Ingolstadt. The individual stores are legally independent units and each is majority-owned by the MediaMarktSaturn Retail Group.


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