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What Makes Them Hot? (2013)

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The Hot 100 Retailers section is the definitive annual ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing retail companies. Rankings are determined by increases in domestic sales between 2011 and 2012; all retail companies with domestic sales in excess of $300 million were eligible. Hot 100 retailers averaged year-over-year domestic sales growth of 15.4 percent. This is substantial movement over last year’s average of 12.7 percent, and indicative of inflationary factors as well as strong growth in specialty apparel, online and electronics segments.

This year, the list was compiled for STORES by global research firm Kantar Retail. Kantar Retail estimates privately held companies, franchise sales and domestic sales when the figures are not self-reported. This methodology is particularly important because it removes the impact of companies’ investments in overseas operations from the growth rankings to give a true perspective on the situation in the U.S. retail market.