The Home Depot and Lowe's Cos. took the top two spots in the "Globe National 25" ranking of publicly traded companies, with Best Buy Co., Federated Department Stores, Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores also placing in the top 10. Sales surpassed expectations in 2005, increasing 6.1%, according to the National Retail Federation, which predicts a 4.7% gain for 2006.

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