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Wal-Mart Stores
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MOST ADMIRED
Top 50 rank: 11
Rank in General Merchandisers: 1 (Previous rank: 5*)
Overall score: 7.29
Why it's admired
In a horrible year for stocks, Wal-Mart managed to be the Dow's best performer, rising 18% in 2008. Revered for its lean supply chain and operations, the world's largest retailer's low costs resonate with customers now more than ever. There's a new gloss from the company's environmental initiatives, but critics remain, especially on labor issues: The company recently spent $255 million to settle lawsuits over employee wages. But CEO Mike Duke, who recently took over from Lee Scott, is expected to continue international expansion and keep Wal-Mart outperforming its competitors. --Lawrence Delevingne

Address: 702 S.W. Eighth St.
Bentonville, AR 72716
Phone: 479-273-4000
Website: www.walmartstores.com
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 3
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 5
Global competitiveness 1
Most Admired
1 Wal-Mart Stores 7.29
2 Target 6.90
3 Nordstrom 6.49
4 J.C. Penney 5.81
5 Kohl's 5.33
Contenders
Rank Company Overall score
6 Dollar General 4.82
7 Macy's 4.40
8 Family Dollar Stores 3.54
9 Sears Holdings 3.20
10 Dillard's 3.02
From the March 16, 2009 issue
*Designated as a U.S. industry. Prior yearís ranks, unless otherwise noted, are ranks in the Americaís Most Admired Companies listing.
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