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The retail industry is perhaps the predominant business sector in the world. Walmart (WMT) , for example, is ranked No. 1 on Forbes' "Global 500" for 2014, with revenue of $476.3 billion in 2013. As big as Walmart is, it's just a small piece of the retail trade pie. In 2012, total retail sales in the U.S. reached nearly $4.87 trillion, according to census.gov. That number was more than twice the $2.01 trillion in retail sales reported 20 years earlier in 1992. Clearly, it's an industry that continues to experience rapid growth.
Approximately two-thirds of GDP in the U.S. come from retail consumption, according to about.com. However, aside from a handful of powerhouse players such as Walmart and Macys (M) , the vast majority of individual retail companies are populated with a myriad of smaller players.
The retail industry can be defined or subcategorized in many different ways. We define it as businesses involved in selling finished products and merchandise to the consuming public. These include stores that sell clothing, food and beverage, electronics and appliances, health and personal care items, sporting goods, furniture and other general merchandise.
What follows are 25 of the biggest publicly traded retail industry stocks, ranked by our own proprietary quantitative ranking system at TheStreetRatings.com. Note that these ratings can change at any time. If you would like access to real-time ratings of these stocks, you can subscribe to TheStreet Quant Ratings.
25. Restoration Hardware (RH)
Segment: Home Furnishings
Restoration Hardware, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the sale of home furnishings. Its product categories include furniture, lighting, textiles, bathware, decor, outdoor and garden, tableware, and children's furnishings.
The company sells its products through its stores and catalogs, as well as through its Web sites, such as restorationhardware.com, rh.com, and rhbabyandchild.com.
As of Feb. 1, 2014, it operated 70 retail stores consisting of 62 Galleries, five full-line Design Galleries, and three Baby & Child Galleries, as well as 17 outlet stores in the U.S. and Canada.
The company was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Corte Madera, Calif.
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TheStreet Ratings team rates RESTORATION HARDWARE HLDNGS as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate RESTORATION HARDWARE HLDNGS (RH) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed ? some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall."
You can view the full analysis from the report here: RH Ratings Report