Hardware Retailing

MAY 2017

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Upcoming Events HARDWARE RETAILING | May 2017 208 Newsmakers How Do These Public Companies Stack Up? T he annual reports for your publicly traded competitors are out, and here is how some of the companies compare. Walmart, which is still the world's largest brick-and-mortar retailer, had sales increase by less than 1 percent from the 2015 calendar year to 2016. The company operates about 9,400 more stores worldwide than the second largest retailer, Home Depot, which has 2,278 home centers. Sears has had steadily declining sales, and experienced the largest year-over-year decrease. Sales dipped 12 percent from 2015 to 2016. The company's leadership has acknowledged that Sears could be at risk of insolvency if efforts to improve the company fail, according to its 2016 annual report. Due to sales' downward trend, "substantial doubt exists related to the company's ability to continue as a going concern," the report says. Amazon is not included in this list, but the e-commerce giant had jaw-dropping sales increases compared to the traditional retailers. Its sales of $136 billion were a 27-percent jump from fiscal 2015. If Target had been included here, its $69.5 billion in 2016 sales would have ranked the company between Home Depot and Lowe's. Target is analyzed in-depth starting on Page 78. *Walmart's 2017 fiscal year ended Jan. 31, 2016. The numbers included here are from the most recent fiscal year. Sources: Company annual reports Find more details about these events and others online at TheRedT.com/calendar. To have your event added, contact Kate Klein at kklein@nrha.org. May 9-11 National Hardware Show ® and NRHA All-Industry Conference Las Vegas 19-22 Do it Best Spring Market Indianapolis June 15-17 House-Hasson Hardware Dealer Market Sevierville, Tennessee 19-21 PRO Group, Inc. 2017 Group Merchandising Conference Chicago July 28-30 United Hardware Fall and Winter Buying Market Minneapolis August 15-17 Independent Garden Center Show Chicago 17-19 Ace Hardware Fall 2017 Convention & Exhibits Chicago 24-26 Orgill, Inc. Fall Dealer Market Boston Upcoming Events Big-Box Sales Performance The retailers below are ranked by 2016 sales. Tractor Supply Co. Sears Holdings Lowe's Home Depot Walmart $481.3* $94.6 $65 $22.1 $6.8 2016 Sales in Billions 100 200 300 400 500 10 0

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