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Amazon’s revenue is equivalent to 224,055 UK SMEs

by LLB Reporter
14th Jan 20 12:00 pm

Tech giant Amazon’s current yearly revenue sits at $265.468bn, but how does the revenue of small businesses around the world compare to the tech giant’s fortune? Latona’s has analysed Eurostat and United States Census Bureau data to reveal how the revenue of small businesses compares to that of Amazon.

Rank Country No. of SME’s equal to Amazon’s revenue
1 Switzerland 31,125
2 Luxembourg 70,942
3 United States 120,709
4 Ireland 173,122
5 Denmark 174,850
6 Germany 196,942
7 Austria 208,656
8 Belgium 221,380
9 United Kingdom 224,055
10 Norway 227,211

Coming out on top is Switzerland, where the average turnover of a small to medium enterprise (SME) is an impressive $8.53m. This puts Swiss SMEs far ahead of the competition in terms of revenue, as the second-highest average SME turnover is $3.74m in Luxembourg. This means that it would take the combined turnover of over 31,000 Swiss SMEs to match Amazon’s, which currently stands at $265,468.

Ireland’s SMEs come in 4th place, surpassing the UK’s by quite a margin, with the UK coming in 9th place. Ireland’s average SME turnover is at $1.53m while the UK’s is $1.18m. While this is an impressive achievement for Ireland’s business sector, it still puts them way behind Amazon’s gigantic turnover, which is equivalent to 173,122 Irish SMEs and 224,055 UK SMEs.

The US is inching slightly closer to Amazon’s turnover, with an average SME turnover of $2.20m putting them in 3rd place in the race to meet Amazon. However, the race is clearly more of a marathon than a sprint as it would still take the combined turnover of 120,709 US SMEs to match Amazon’s turnover.

Coming in sixth place is Germany, home to a number of huge car companies with the likes of Mercedes, BMW and Audi generating a lot of money for the country’s economy. However, Germany’s SME’s still have a long way to go to compare to the tech giant, Amazon. In fact, it would take 196,942 SMEs combined turnover to equal that of Amazon, with the turnover of one SME in Germany averaging at $1.35m per annum.

Just making it into the top 10 is Norway whose SME’s average annual turnover sits at $1.17m over seven times less than that of Switzerland’s SME’s. Amazon’s huge yearly turnover is equal to 227,211 SMEs in Norway.

Rick Latona, Director of Latona’s said, “Our research shows the huge scale of Amazon’s wealth in comparison to SMEs around the world, but it also shows that both in Europe and the US there are millions of small businesses thriving and expanding.

“It’s great to see smaller countries like Belgium and tech-forward Estonia making it in the top 20. It just goes to show that innovation and hard work are the cornerstones of a successful business.”

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