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9. Ross Stores
Ross Stores
Fortune 500 rank: 384
2008 revenue: $6.5 billion
2008 total shareholder return: 17.6%

Ross Stores' "dress for less" motto helped woo consumers to its more than 900 locations to shop for clothing in hard times - sales rose roughly 9%, to $6.5 billion. The business pleased its shareholders with a more than 17% return on investment.

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