NEW YORK ( Stockpickr) -- Investors sat through a lot of ups and downs over the last decade or so. The economy slumped when the dot.com bubble was pricked, rebounded nicely by the middle of the decade, and slumped anew as the decade wound down.
The U.S. economy appears to be back in rebound mode, but so many headwinds remain in place that we still may see yet another economic slump in coming quarters.
To sleep well at night, you may as well focus on companies that will be growing this year, next year and the year after that. It's pretty easy to spot these companies. They boosted sales every year in the last decade, even as the broader economy was on a rollercoaster. These "rain or shine" businesses have pricing power, defensible market share, and myriad international expansion opportunities.Here are seven companies that have boosted sales every year in the last decade. Each one appears reasonably priced, trading for less than 13 times projected 2013 profits.