Dec 28 2012

 

 

 

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Over the holidays there has been record online sales of gifts and merchandise. 24/7 Wall Street has picked this nation's best and worst retailers. Here are the top five for the best. The see the rest of that list and to view the worse just click here.

1. Amazon.com

- Rating: 88
- Type: Online superstore
- Audience: 119.8 million unique visitors

Amazon is, by most measures, the largest e-commerce website and company in America. Amazon reported revenue of $13.8 billion in its last quarter and expects sales in the current holiday quarter to be as much as $22.7 billion. To add to its already huge range of products, Amazon recently opened a wine store.

2. LLBean.com

- Rating: 85
- Type: Outdoor apparel
- Audience: 6.7 million unique visitors

The retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment celebrated its 100th anniversary this year. The private company claims its annual sales reached $1.44 billion. L.L. Bean sells clothing for men, women and children and specializes in outdoor equipment, including cross-country skis, snowshoes, camping products and hunting and fishing gear

3. (tie) QVC.com

- Rating: 84
- Type: Fashion and accessories
- Audience: 13.4 million unique visitors

QVC, which stands for “Quality, Value, and Convenience,” has both a television and an online shopping business. The company claims its broadcasts reach more than 200 million homes worldwide. QVC’s 2011 revenue was $8.3 billion, $2.6 billion of which came from e-commerce. The company offers an extremely large array of products, including clothing, electronics, jewelry and beauty aids. QVC is owned by Liberty Interactive Corp. (NASDAQ: LINTA).

3. (tie) Vitacost.com

- Rating: 84
- Type: Discount vitamins and health foods
- Audience: 1.4 million unique visitors

Vitacost says it “takes the cost out of healthy living.” It has the inventory to back keep up part of that promise. The company sells a large number of vitamins and supplements. It also has product selections in the sport fitness and weight loss category, beauty care, natural pet food, herbs and sexual health products, which include contraceptives. The company claims it sells more than 35,000 products.

5. (tie) Vistaprint.com

- Rating: 83
- Type: Online printing and marketing
- Audience: 5.6 million

Vistaprint is a French-based online printing and business graphics company that began its Internet business in 1998. Vistaprint claims it “has over 25 localized websites.” The great majority of the services offered at the site involve instant printing, whether it is business cards, invitations or promotional items. The company also offers help to small businesses that need websites and help marketing, traditionally or through social media.

5. (tie) Esteelauder.com

- Rating: 83
- Type: Cosmetics
- Audience: 258,000

Estée Lauder founded the beauty company in 1946. Its products are sold in department stores, and management claims they are available in more than 150 countries and territories. The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. (NYSE: EL) reported revenue of $2.55 billion in its most recent quarter. The company has a number of well-known brands, including Clinique, Prescriptives, M-A-C,Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Michael Kors and Ermenegildo Zegna.