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Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale
MOST ADMIRED
Top 50 rank: 20
Rank in Specialty Retailers: Diversified: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.95
Ticker: COST
Why it's admired:
The warehouse retailer is already off to a strong start this year despite a slight raise in membership costs last holiday season. The company reported January sales were up to $40.18 billion, an 11% increase from the same time last year. Costco has even managed to expand its operations -- adding seven new warehouses in the last months of 2011.
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 4
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 3
Most Admired
1 Costco Wholesale 6.95
2 Staples 6.69
3 Home Depot 6.39
4 Lowe's 6.12
5 Toys "R" Us 5.68
6 Bed Bath & Beyond 5.54
Contenders
Rank Company Overall score
7 AutoZone 5.26
8 GameStop 4.76
9 Best Buy 4.75
10 Office Depot 3.96
11 OfficeMax 3.76
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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