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Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale
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Top 50 rank: 23*
Rank in Specialty Retailers: Diversified: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.95
Ticker:COST

Why it's admired:
Last year marked Costco's third consecutive year of record sales and record earnings. The Washington state-based company brought in $97 billion in sales in 2012 and $1.7 billion in profits, making it the seventh-largest retailer in the world. The company sells consumer goods in bulk and makes a point of relentlessly driving down prices (18 bags of Pop Chips go for $8.89). That price-cutting has won loyalty among Americans increasingly strapped for cash. Even Vice President Joe Biden was recently seen shopping in one of the company's cavernous stores. Shortly after the election he stopped by to pick up a few books, Duraflame logs, and some pie. âÄîAV

Headquarters:
Issaquah, WA
Website: www.costco.com
Nine key attributes of reputation
Industry rank
Innovation
3
People management
1
Use of corporate assets
2
Social responsibility
4
Quality of management
1
Financial soundness
2
Long-term investment
1
Quality of products/services
1
Global competitiveness
1
From the March 18, 2013, issue.

Notes:
* Tied

The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000âÄîthe 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenueâÄîand non-U.S. companies in Fortune's global 500 database with revenue of $10 billion or more... More