Schwarz Beteiligungs GmbH (Schwarz Group) is a wholesaler and a multi-format retailer. It operates food stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets and discount stores. Schwarz Group operates a chain of supermarkets and hypermarkets under the banners: Kaufland, Handelshof and Kaufmarkt and discount stores under Lidl brand. It wholesale markets are operated under the trademark of Ruef.
The Schwarz Beteiligungs GmbH is currently the third largest food retail group in Germany. He owns the company Lidl and Kaufland on. After the study, Global Powers of Retailing 2008 the consulting firm Deloitte , the Schwarz group took in a worldwide comparison of the annual revenues of retailers out of business in 2006 to tenth place. The total gross sales in fiscal year 2010/11 to around 60 billion euros have amounted . The owner of the Schwarz Beteiligungs GmbH are Dieter Schwarz GmbH (99.9% stake) and the Black Company Treuhand KG (0.1% share), the latter holds 100% of the voting rights. The headquarters of the Schwarz Group is Neckarsulm .
The Schwarz Gruppe operated over 11,800 in 2018 (around 10,500 Lidl branches worldwide, of which 3,200 in Germany, and around 1,300 Kaufland branches, of which 660 in Germany), operating across 30 countries. Schwarz Gruppe expanded its business to Australia, Lithuania in 2016, Serbia and the US in 2017, Russia in 2020