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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.

Should Wal-Mart Stores be admired, or what?
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
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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