June 8, 2011

Amazing Walmart Statistics: Size, Sales Revenue, Employees

 This year, Fortune magazine awarded the iconic retailer Walmart, the No. 1 slot on its annual list of the 500 largest American companies, for the seventh time in the past decade. How big is the largest American companies anyway ? The following facts would help us put things in the right perspective here.

According to Fortune, Walmart sold $421,849,000,000 worth of stuff last year. What does it practically mean:
  • If Walmart sold only new homes (average price $268,900 in April ), these overall sales numbers of Walmart would constitute almost 1.59 million homes.
  • That is also nearly the same amount of money that the United States spent in 2009 for the entire year's worth of Medicare - The government program that provides health insurance to senior citizens and younger Americans who are permanently disabled. 
  • That $421.8 billion is also about $9 billion less than Taiwan's 2010 gross domestic product -- the total value of the country's goods and services in a single year \
  • The amount is $7 billion more than Norway's 2010 GDP
  • If Walmart were a country, it would be the 25th largest economy in the world.
According to Fortune, 2.1 million people work at Walmart. What does this mean practically
  • There are about as many Walmart employees across the globe as there are people living in the African country of Namibia. 
  • There are as many as 95 countries with populations smaller than the retailer's sprawling workforce, including Botswana, Kosovo, The Gambia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahrain, Cyprus, Qatar, Luxembourg, Belize, Iceland, The Bahamas and Greenland.
Walmart has 952,203,837 square feet of retail space, or roughly 34.16 square miles. [not including their offices or distribution facilities or their gigantic parking lots]
  • That's about 1.5 times the size of the borough of Manhattan
According to Fortune, the company's nearly 8,000 drivers logged 749 million miles in 2010
  • Thats equivalent of circling the Earth not once, not twice, not a thousand times, but 30,000 thousand times. 

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