Kesko in brief

Kesko is a Finnish trading sector pioneer. We operate in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Our divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners.

We have close to 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland.

Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales (pro forma) totalled about €13.2 billion in 2016. K Group is the third largest retailer in northern Europe and it employs around 45,000 people.

Kesko's shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company's domicile and main premises are in Helsinki.

Our core competence areas

  • Development and management of store concepts and brands
  • Combining retailer entrepreneurship and chain operations efficiently
  • International retail expertise
  • Multi-channel retailing
  • Cost-efficient and responsible business models
  • Development and management of the store site network  


Kesko is engaged in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade, and the car trade.

  • Finland: All divisions
  • Sweden and Norway: Building and technical trade
  • Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania: Building and technical trade
  • Poland: Building and technical trade
  • Russia: Mainly St. Petersburg and Moscow areas: Building and technical trade
  • Belarus: Building and technical trade

K Group's retail sales and store numbers by country in 2016

Personnel in 2016

Responsibility at Kesko 

Corporate responsibility is a strategic choice for Kesko and integrated in day-to-day activities. 

Corporate responsibility work is based on Kesko's strategy, value, vision and mission as well as responsibility programme, and it is guided by Kesko’s general corporate responsibility principles, the K Code of Conduct guide and Kesko’s purchasing principles.

Value creation

Kesko's value creation chart illustrates how Kesko’s operations create value for its stakeholders and society.

Read more about value creation in Kesko's Annual Report.

Read more about Kesko's responsibility work in the Responsibility section.

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