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Rank in Specialty Retailers: Diversified: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 6.95
Why it's admired:The warehouse retailer is already off to a strong start this year despite a slight raise in membership costs last holiday season. The company reported January sales were up to $40.18 billion, an 11% increase from the same time last year. Costco has even managed to expand its operations -- adding seven new warehouses in the last months of 2011.
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