4 Illinois companies among 100 fastest-growing retailers

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Four Illinois companies are among the 100 fastest-growing retailers in the United States as ranked by Stores magazine.

Ulta Salon Cosmetics & Fragrance in Bolingbrook checked in at 16th on the 2014 Hot 100 Retailers list by Stores, a publication of the National Retail Federation. Ulta’s sales increased 20.6 percent to $2.5 billion in 2013.

Discount grocer Aldi, which has its U.S. headquarters in Batavia, ranked 46th with sales rising 8.5 percent to $10.9 billion in this country last year. Central Grocer in Joliet was 59th after its sales rose 7.4 percent to $1.2 billion. And home furnishing purveyor Crate & Barrel in Northbrook was 71st on the list with a 6.4 percent increase in sales to $1.3 billion.

This is a good time to be a small-footprint or specialty grocery chain, whether national in scope or one with stores clustered in regional markets. Being a home goods retailer isn’t too bad, either.

Here are the top 10:

CompanySales ($000)Change (%)1 Albertsons19,452,000432.72 Wayfair915,00052.53 Ascena Retail Group4,665,00049.14 Conn’s904,00039.25 SpartanNash648,00036.66 Michael Kors Holdings1,156,00036.07 Under Armour672,00034.88 Cardinal Health2,019,00028.69 Five Below535,00027.810 Amazon.com43,962,00027.2

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