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Top 50 rank: 21
Rank in General Merchandisers: 2
(Previous rank: 3)
Overall score: 7.15
Ticker: JWN
Why it's admired:
Nordstrom's revenues of $10.5 billion for the companyís 2011 fiscal year were an all-time record for the company and marked the second consecutive year of 13% annual growth. Early last year, Nordstrom acquired the online private sales site HauteLook for $180 million in stock. Then in August, the chain opened Treasure & Bond in New York City, a boutique squarely aimed at the hip, young SoHo set. Up next: plans to open 15 more Nordstrom Rack locations and one more Nordstrom store this year. 
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Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 3
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 3
Long-term investment 2
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 3
Most Admired
1 Target 7.20
2 Nordstrom 7.15
3 Wal-Mart Stores 6.92
4 Macy's 5.79
5 Kohl's 5.70
Rank Company Overall score
6 Dollar General 5.29
7 J.C. Penney 4.97
8 Family Dollar Stores 4.68
9 Dillard's 3.81
10 Sears Holdings 3.36
From the March 19, 2012 issue
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