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10. AutoZone
AutoZone
Fortune 500 rank: 380
2008 revenue: $6.5 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 16.3%

The crash in auto sales inflicted pain on businesses across the country, but it created a boon for AutoZone's replacement parts for old brakes, faulty door handles and the like. The company churned out healthy gains in sales and profits, and the stock gained 16%.

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