In its annual ranking of the largest retailers by U.S. sales, the National Retail Federation has pegged Apple in 21st place in 2010 with over $18 billion in sales between its retail and iTunes stores (via The Next Web).

2010 top us retailers
Apple's retail sales grew 32.3% year-over-year in 2010, second only to Amazon's 46.2% growth among the top 100 U.S. retailers. Interestingly, Apple's $18 billion in U.S. sales places the company one spot ahead of department store chain J.C. Penney, which will soon be led by current Apple retail store chief Ron Johnson.

The National Retail Federation's 2009 rankings published last year had Apple in 53rd place with only a little over $6.5 billion in sales. Those numbers would put Apple's annual growth at 175% instead of 32.3%, and thus it is unclear if something has changed in the methodology of the rankings or if there is an error in the data for Apple.

Update: We have heard back from the National Retail Federation, which reports that the methodology for Apple has indeed changed between 2009 and 2010. The new numbers include iTunes Store sales and direct-to-consumer sales through apple.com, whereas the previous numbers had excluded those sales. Consequently, the 32.3% annual growth is calculated as if iTunes and apple.com sales had been included in the 2009 data.

Top Rated Comments

deannnnn Avatar
170 months ago
Wow Publix is 14?! They're only in like 4 states!
Good for them, I love Publix. I hate shopping elsewhere when I'm in New York.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chrmjenkins Avatar
170 months ago
Wow Walmarts number 1. Whats this country coming to??!!!

Uh, you mean came to? Wal-Mart has probably been #1 for 20 if not 30 years.

Also interesting is how much Amazon is still growing year over year.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Vol7ron Avatar
170 months ago
I can't believe that many people eat at McDonalds....ugh, their food is so disgusting....
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
coder12 Avatar
170 months ago
You may notice how 3 of those top 25 are located in MN... ;) mwahahahaha....
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
maczter Avatar
170 months ago
Actually, I think Costco beats Apple there, but certainly per square foot Apple is first!
The data is available on the linked source's web site. If you copy and paste it into a spreadsheet, add a column for worldwide sales per store (worldwide retails sales column / 2010 stores column), then sort by that column, you'll get your answer. Apple wasn't #1, but they're very close, and IKEA jumps from #89 based on sales amount to #1 when the list is sorted by sales per store.

Also, keep in mind that the worldwide retail sales column is in thousands, so don't forget to tack an extra three zeros on the end of the worldwide sales per store column.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Maddix Avatar
170 months ago
I'd go to WallofChinaMart, but don't want to be in the People of Walmart sites.
So your saying the crap in Target isn't made in China like every other retailer and your a fat slob?
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Popular Stories

iPhone 16 Pro Sizes Feature

iPhone 16 Series Is Just Two Months Away: Everything We Know

Monday July 15, 2024 4:44 am PDT by
Apple typically releases its new iPhone series around mid-September, which means we are about two months out from the launch of the iPhone 16. Like the iPhone 15 series, this year's lineup is expected to stick with four models – iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max – although there are plenty of design differences and new features to take into account. To bring ...
macbook pro january

Best Buy's Black Friday in July Sale Takes Up to $700 Off M3 MacBook Pro for Members

Monday July 15, 2024 11:05 am PDT by
Best Buy's "Black Friday in July" sale is in full swing today, and in addition to a few iPad Air discounts we shared earlier, there are also some steep markdowns on the M3 MacBook Pro. You will need a My Best Buy Plus or Total membership in order to get some of these deals. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Best Buy. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small...
ipaos 18 image playground

Apple Releases First iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 Public Betas

Monday July 15, 2024 1:16 pm PDT by
Apple today provided the first betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to public beta testers, bringing the new software to the general public for the first time since the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Apple has seeded three developer betas so far, and the first public beta includes the same content that's in the third developer beta. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. ...
maxresdefault

Apple's AirPods Pro 2 vs. Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro

Saturday July 13, 2024 8:00 am PDT by
Samsung this week introduced its latest earbuds, the Galaxy Buds3 Pro, which look quite a bit like Apple's AirPods Pro 2. Given the similarities, we thought we'd compare Samsung's new earbuds to the AirPods Pro. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. Design wise, you could potentially mistake Samsung's Galaxy Buds3 Pro for the AirPods Pro. The Buds3 Pro have the same...
Beyond iPhone 13 Better Blue Face ID Single Camera Hole

10 Reasons to Wait for Next Year's iPhone 17

Monday July 8, 2024 5:00 am PDT by
Apple's iPhone development roadmap runs several years into the future and the company is continually working with suppliers on several successive iPhone models simultaneously, which is why we sometimes get rumored feature leaks so far ahead of launch. The iPhone 17 series is no different – already we have some idea of what to expect from Apple's 2025 smartphone lineup. If you plan to skip...
Generic iOS 18 Feature Real Mock

Apple Seeds Revised Third Betas of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to Developers

Monday July 15, 2024 10:09 am PDT by
Apple today seeded updated third betas iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to developers for testing purposes, with the software coming a week after Apple initially released the third betas. Registered developers are able to opt into the betas by opening up the Settings app, going to the Software Update section, tapping on the "Beta Updates" option, and toggling on the ‌iOS 18/iPadOS 18‌ Developer Beta ...