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Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Top 50 rank: 9
Rank in General Merchandisers: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.14
Why it's admired
With $405 billion in revenues, the world's largest retail chain has earned the respect of business by managing an elephantine network of discount stores that employ more than 2 million people in 15 countries -- stores that welcomed new customers seeking low prices in a troubled economy. With more than 100 million shoppers per week, the company now accounts for 10% of retail sales in the U.S., and managed a 8.8% profit gain last year by cutting costs. Not that it's immune to recessionary pressures: In January, the company announced it would lay off 11,000 workers in its Sam's Club stores. --C.T.

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Wal-Mart Stores stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 4
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 2
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 6
Global competitiveness 1
Most Admired
1 Wal-Mart Stores 7.14
2 Target 6.92
3 Nordstrom 6.44
4 Kohl's 6.06
5 J.C. Penney 5.60
Rank Company Overall score
6 Dollar General 4.13
7 Family Dollar Stores 4.08
8 Macy's 3.99
9 Sears Holdings 3.52
10 Dillard's 2.67
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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