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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 2009 and 2010; all retail companies with domestic sales in excess of $300 million were eligible. Hot 100 retailers managed average year-over-year domestic sales growth of 9.3 percent. This represents a solid improvement over 2009’s average of 8.5 percent and indicates that – for these companies, at least – there were some bright spots in the economy in 2010.

This list was compiled for STORES by global research firm Kantar Retail, which estimates sales of privately held companies 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.

About Kantar Retail

Kantar Retail (www.kantarretail.com) is a global retail insights and consultancy company providing insight-driven solutions for retailers and manufacturers. Recognized as an authority on the retail industry, retailers and shoppers, Kantar Retail combines the resources of Cannondale, Glendinning, MVI and Retail Forward to deliver best-in-class approaches to marketplace and shopper insights, analytics, strategy and execution capabilities. Kantar Retail helps its clients become leaders by delivering a deeper understanding of consumer, market and shopper insights. The company’s portfolio of syndicated products and customized consulting services helps retailers identify and pursue growth opportunities, develop and execute go-to-market strategies, and optimize investments in merchandise, marketing and the shopping experience. Kantar Retail is headquartered in London and is part of the Kantar Group of WPP.

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