Snapshot of Publicly Traded U.S. Retail Companies

Directory of Apparel, Department, Grocery, and Other Retail Stores

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Many of the largest retailers in the United States are publicly traded, with their shares sold through the New York Stock Exchange or NASDAQ. In addition to those major retail businesses, numerous smaller retailers' shares are traded over-the-counter. Taking a look at how such retail stocks perform can offer a sense of the way the overall economy is shaping up in relation to consumer confidence.

Each segment of retail—which includes apparel makers, the auto industry, department stores, restaurants, and e-commerce—has a distinct set of factors that can affect companies' stock performance. Consumer response to new lines of fashion and season-specific demand for clothing tailor the financial prospects of the apparel industry. A rise in gas prices can sway consumers to purchase autos that are smaller and fuel-efficient rather than luxury or sports cars. Patronage of restaurants tends to decline in slow economic periods as consumers reduce personal expenses and dine at home instead.

Lasting Changes

Retailers that were once regarded as stable fixtures in the market have been upended in many ways by consumers' changing their shopping habits. This stems in part from the development and growth of e-commerce, which eliminates many of the overhead costs of maintaining physical stores and typically leads to highly competitive prices. The shifting dynamics of retail has meant some brands that lasted for generations have been liquidated, including supermarket chain the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. (A&P) in 2015 and toy seller Toys "R" Us in 2018.

Retail has been heavily influenced by e-tailer Amazon. At one time the company partnered with Toys "R" Us but soon showed it could handle toy sales on its own. Amazon's rise to prominence allowed it to spread across multiple categories, including its acquisition in 2017 of supermarket chain Whole Foods.

The issues that affect the publicly traded companies listed below in the U.S. retail industry, which was current as of January 2020, can offer some sense of what direction the economy is taking.


  • CVS Health Corporation [CVS]
  • Rite Aid Corporation [RAD]
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. [WBA]

Electronics Stores

  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • Best Buy Co. Inc. [BBY]
  • Conn's Inc. [CONN]
  • GameStop Corporation [GME]

Grocery Stores

  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • Casey's General Stores Inc. [CASY]
  • The Kroger Company [KR]
  • Tesco PLC [TSCDY.PK]
  • Village Super Market Inc. [VLGEA]
  • Weis Markets Inc. [WMK]

Home Furnishings Stores

  • Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. [BBBY]
  • Haverty Furniture Companies Inc. [HVT]
  • Kirkland's Inc. [KIRK]
  • Laura Ashley Holdings plc [LARAF.PK]
  • Williams-Sonoma Inc. [WSM]

Home Improvement Stores

  • Builders FirstSource Inc. [BLDR]
  • Calloway's Nursery Inc. [CLWY.PK]
  • Huttig Building Products Inc. [HBP]
  • Tesoro Enterprises Inc. [TSNP.PK]
  • Kingfisher plc [KGFHY.PK]
  • Lowe's Companies Inc. [LOW]
  • Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. [LL]
  • Margo Caribe Inc. [MRGO.PK]
  • The Home Depot Inc. [HD]

Jewelry Stores

  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • Birks Group [BGI]
  • Envela [ELA]
  • Signet Jewelers Limited [SIG]

Music and Video Retail

  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • Netflix Inc. [NFLX]
  • Kaspien Holdings [KSPN]

Specialty Retail

  • 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Inc. [FLWS]
  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • eBay Inc. [EBAY]
  • Ferrellgas Partners L.P. [FGPR.PK]
  • Inc. [FGNT.PK]
  • MarineMax Inc. [HZO]
  • Medifast Inc. [MED]
  • The ODP Corporation [ODP]
  • Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. [SBH]
  • Star Group L.P. [SGU]
  • Suburban Propane Partners L.P. [SPH]
  • Titan Machinery Inc. [TITN]
  • Tractor Supply Company [TSCO]
  • TravelCenters of America LLC [TA]

Sporting Goods Stores

  • Big 5 Sporting Goods Corporation [BGFV]
  • Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. [DKS]
  • Hibbett Sports Inc. [HIBB]

Toy and Hobby Stores

  • Inc. [AMZN]
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc. [BBW]