VM REPORTS: Top 50 Retailers The Top 50 and Leading Optical Mass Merchants Saw Major Sales Gains in 2021 By Marge Axelrad and Mark Tosh Wednesday, June 29, 2022 12:58 AM RELATED CONTENT VM's 2022 Top 50 U.S. Optical Retailers Report: Recovery and Recalibration A 2021 Sales Comeback, Combined With Acquisitions and New Entrants, Shape VM’s 2022 Top 50 Key Optical Players Ranked by U.S. Sales in 2021 Mass Merchants and Clubs Saw a Healthy 2021 Optical Sales Performance Snapshots of Optical’s 10 Largest U.S. Retail Players NEW YORK—The VM 2022 Top 50’s collective overall estimated dollar sales increased significantly, some 21 percent, in calendar year 2021, with the overall group’s total dollars rising to $18.0 billion compared to the VM’s 2021 Top 50 of $14.9 billion. The Top 10 Retailers, with a few moves in rankings and new entrants for the 2021 ranking, comprised 84.3 percent of that Top 50, generating collective sales of $15.2 billion. Among Mass Merchants, their collective share of the Top 50 remained similar to last year from a percentage share point of view—21.4 percent (compared to 22.5 percent of the VM Top 50 in 2020). But the estimated collective revenue dollars from the Mass Merchant optical businesses rose about 16 percent to reach $3.86 billion in calendar year 2021, compared to an estimated $3.34 billion in hard-hit 2020.