The Great Recession has hardly put the average American in a spending mood -- but some retailers have a knack for attracting new customers.
Looking at sales growth between 2009 and 2010, business and personal finance site Bundle.com has compiled a list of the country's top retailers. Many of the companies in the top 10 are online-based, but it may suprise some to learn that a good portion of the stores whose sales have grown the most sell their goods in places that customers can actually walk into.
Still, 2011 has been a tough year for retailers who do the majority of their sales face-to-face. In mid-July, bookseller Borders shuttered over 400 stores due to bankruptcy, putting 10,000 people out of work.
Likewise, "one-stop shopping stop" Wal-Mart has also struggled. The mega-store which every week averages 140 million customers nationwide saw sales decline over seven straight quarters, according to an April report by CNN Money.
Meanwhile, Amazon.com, an online retailer that's grown from selling books to now selling just about everything, saw the second largest sales gains in 2010, an increase of 46.2 percent.
Looking ahead, consumer confidence may be a major concern for retailers as the summer dies down amid a highly volatile stock market. In July, consumer sentiment hit its lowest point in two years and with consumers becoming less prone to making big purchases due to uncertainty surrounding the market, things may only get worse.
Here are the ten hottest retailers by sales growth between 2009 and 2010, according to bundle.com: