According to a study by Intesco Research Group “Russian and world retail market. The largest retail chains ”, the growth rates of the world retail market after the first wave of the crisis slowed down and did not exceed 5%. In 2011, global retail trade increased by 4,7% over the previous year. According to forecasts of the company's experts, the pre-crisis growth rates cannot be achieved in the near future, retail.ru reports.
In the global retail market in 2010, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. led the way. The second position was occupied by the French company Carrefour SA. Half of the ten largest companies - leaders in the world retail trade - were American and three companies were German.