Fortune 500 rank: 32 (Previous rank: 28)
2006 Revenues (millions): $60,151
Headquarters: Issaquah, WA
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Price markdowns on furniture, electronics, and appliances caused concern for the discount membership retailer's investors in early 2006. But the fourth quarter's holiday season saw a sales boom, and the retailer beat expectations, delivering a 14% jump in sales to $60.2 billion, and netting $1.1 billion in profit.
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