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Costco Wholesale
Costco Wholesale
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
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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