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El Corte Inglés, S.A.
||Madrid, Spain (June 28, 1940 )
||Spain and Portugal
||Isidoro Álvarez Álvarez, CEO
||Clothing, footwear, accessories, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, and housewares
|| €15.8 billion (2011)
|| €209.99 million (2011)
- Viajes El Corte Inglés
- Informática El Corte Inglés
El Corte Inglés S.A. (English: The English Cut as in tailor's cut), headquartered in Madrid, is the biggest department store group in Europe and ranks fourth worldwide. El Corte Inglés is Spain's only remaining department store chain, as well as owner of several associated businesses, such as:
In 1934, founder Ramón Areces bought a tailor shop (which had opened in 1890) located on one of Madrid's most central streets, calle Preciados, and made it into a limited company. At 15, Mr. Areces had migrated to Havana, Cuba, and worked at the famous retail chain "Almacenes El Encanto", where he learned the basics of department store business. In 1940 he turned the shop into the current corporation El Corte Inglés, S.A. On the death of Areces in 1989, his nephew Isidoro Álvarez was named his successor and quickly became one of the most powerful men in Spain. In 1995 El Corte Inglés bought out its only serious competitor, Galerías Preciados, which had entered bankruptcy.
Stores tend to be very large in size and offer a wide range of products: stores may sell music, movies, portable & household electronics, furniture, hardware, books, clothes, groceries, gourmet food, cars and even real estate.
International expansion began in 2001 in Portugal, with a store in Lisbon, followed in 2006 with a store in Vila Nova de Gaia, opposite the city of Porto, and a third store is planned. In the same year the company announced expansion outside the Iberian Peninsula: Italy was to be the first country to host a store but, owing to the crisis, the plan was suspended.
El Corte Inglés head office
El Corte Inglés Portuguese flagship store in Lisbon.
Flagship store 
El Corte Ingles' flagship store is located in Madrid at 79 Calle Raimundo Fernández Villaverde. The complex encompasses several buildings and carries the most comprehensive collection of designers of any large store in Spain. Designer boutiques in this store include: Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Armani, Gucci, Loewe, Bulgari, Dior, Dior Homme, Georges Rech, Hugo Boss, Boss Woman, Ermenegildo Zegna, Burberry (men/women), Façonnable, Pal Zileri, Paul & Shark, Lacoste, Pavillon Christofle, CH by Carolina Herrera, Escada Sport, James Purdey and Sons, Lloyd's, Purificación Garcia, Caroll Paris, Amitie, Episode, store brands (Emidio Tucci, Dustin) and many others. Also included is a branch of the Madrid based Aldeo jewelers, carrying such jewellery designers as Boucheron, Blancpain, and Hamilton.
2011 Results 
For the fiscal year of 2011, group revenue went down by 3.9% to €15.8 billion. Net profit was down 34.3%, to €209.99 million.
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