With the first quarter of 2017 in the books, some consumer companies could look back with pride on how their stocks have performed since this point last year.   

Amazon (AMZN)  came in at No. 6 out of 10 of the top performers in the last year, behind Nutrisystem (NTRI) , Burlington Stores  (BURL) , Best Buy (BBY) , Children's Place (PLCE) and Ulta Beauty  (ULTA) .

No. 1 Nutrisystem, a weight-loss company that sells counseling and lower-calorie food to its customers, returned 173% to its investors, whereas the money machine Amazon returned about a fourth of that at 46%.

Overall, the SPDR S&P Index ETF (SPY) showed a price return of 14%.

Perhaps, Nutrisystem's top spot isn't altogether unexpected, because it and and direct competitor Weight Watchers (WTW)  both enjoyed strong quarters when they reported in early March. Both companies continue to benefit from people seeking healthier lifestyles. 

Surprisingly, dying Sears Holdings Corp.  (SHLD) didn't make the list of the 10 worst performers. So, with all that has been going wrong at Sears lately, the dubious achievement of not having the worst of the worst stock performances may give some people comfort. Then again maybe not, as TheStreet reports

The very worst was GNC Holdings (GNC) , which showed a negative price return of 77%, preceded by five companies with big bricks-and-mortar footprints, Abercrombie & Fitch  (ANF) at 62%: Ascena Retail (ASNA)  at 60%; Express (EXPR)  at 57%; L Brands (LB)  at 46%; and J.C. Penney (JCP)   at 45%. The best of the worst is Signet Jewelers (SIG) at negative 41%, followed by men's clothier Buckle (BKE) , women's clothing company Cato Corp.  (CATO) and drugstore chain Rite Aid (RAD) , all at about 44%.

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