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Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale
MOST ADMIRED
Top 50 rank: 21
Rank in Specialty Retailers: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.67
Why it's admired
As the recession sliced consumer spending, the discount bulk and luxury retailer cut prices and continued to beat its biggest rival, the Wal-Mart-owned Sam's Club.Responding to the needs of financially stressed shoppers, last year Costco stores began accepting food stamps and ultimately attracted new customers. --C.T.

Should Costco Wholesale be admired, or what?
Costco Wholesale stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 5
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 2
Global competitiveness 4
Most Admired
1 Costco Wholesale 6.67
2 Best Buy 6.63
3 Lowe's 6.43
4 Home Depot 6.29
5 Staples 6.22
6 TJX 5.67
Contenders
Rank Company Overall score
7 Gap 5.48
8 Limited Brands 5.41
9 GameStop 5.18
10 BJ's Wholesale Club 5.03
11 Toys "R" Us 4.89
12 Office Depot 4.75
From the March 22, 2010 issue
Headquarters
999 Lake Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98027
425-313-8100
www.costco.com
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