Reader's Choice: Top 10 Stories of 2009

Looking back over the past six months, it should come as no surprise that retailers cared the most about other retailer's financial performances. Bankruptcies, store closings and retailers that beat the odds despite the tough economic climate claim more than half the spots on our list of most popular read stories. What else did retailers vote for with their mouse clicks? Find out which stories make the cut of our Top 10 best read stories of 2009.

Not all highly ranked stories were about retail bankruptcies and success stories. A series of highest paid retailers which includes a ranking of the highest paid CEOs, female executives and retail executives across all titles claim three spots on our list. Another story to draw record clicks is a retail crime story.

Here are the Top 10 stories in the first half of 2009:

1. Top 10 Highest Paid Retail CEOs - February 24
RIS evaluated public salary records to compile a list of Top 10 Highest Paid Retail CEO's, many of which come from the biggest names in retailing, such as Wal-Mart, Lowe's, Limited Brands and Target among others.

2. Beating the Odds: 10 Retailers Rack up Big Gains Heading into 2009 - January 6
Struggling retailers may have been virtually forced to give merchandise away in the post-holiday season, but Kohl's, Forever 21, Walgreens and several others are forging ahead with big plans in 2009 based on their recent sales success.

3. Store Closings from 15 More Retailers - February 17
Positive retail sales in January offered a welcome ray of relief for retailers struggling through a difficult winter. But the good news was tempered by many who felt the need to use store closings as a means of cutting costs or filing for bankruptcy protection. The list of stores disappearing from a mall near you includes 15 big retail names like Home Depot, Fortunoff, Talbots, Chico's, Pier 1 and others.

4. Top 10 Highest Paid Female Executives in Retail - March 17
Females are increasingly joining the elite club of CEOs, presidents and other high-level positions in retail organizations throughout the country. Our Top 10 Highest Paid Female Executives in Retail list includes some of the biggest organizations in retailing including Macy's, TJX Ann Taylor and others.

5. Top 20 Highest Paid Retail Executives - June 9
Executives from CVS, Guess, and Wal-Mart are the Top 3 Highest Paid Retailers on a list of retail's biggest wage earners. For the first time, RIS News examines the Top 20 Highest Paid Retail Executives across all titles in retail.

6. 10 Biggest Crimes to Hit Retailing - February 10
As the economy continues to deteriorate, shoplifting and retail crimes are hitting merchants at an increasing rate. Crime rings are stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise and reselling it for mega-profit. Here are 10 of the biggest crimes to hit retailers ranging from Wal-Mart and Home Depot to Hobby Lobby and eBay.

7. Retail's 12 Biggest Losers - June 2
The biggest loser of the week is definitely GM after posting the largest bankruptcy filing in U.S. history, but there are a number big retail losers as well. The 12 underperforming retailers include some of the biggest names in retail including Costco, Gap, OfficeMax and Polo. See who else makes the list.

8. 16 Retail Bankruptcies in '09, Filene's Latest to Stumble - May 12
Store closings have slowed, but bankruptcies are on a torrid pace despite signs the recession is bottoming out. Filene's is the latest to declare chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 4. It joins a list of 15 other retailers that filed for bankruptcy in 2009.

9. 15 Retailers Rack Up Huge Profits - May 26
For a select group of retailers cash is piling up, including several in apparel, home improvement and department stores. Dillard's, Home Depot, Ross Stores and Stein Mart are a few names reporting big profits. See who else makes retailing's most-profitable list.

10. 14 Retailers Buck the Trend with Strong Growth - March 3
High-performing retailers are providing a ray of hope to a recession-weary industry as they continue to invest in new technologies, open new stores, boost sales of private label merchandise and increase promotions. Fourteen retailers including CVS, True Religion Apparel, GameStop and Cabela's unveil their recipes for success.

The Editors of RIS News developed this Top 10 ranking based on Executive Insights newsletter clicks tracked over a six month period beginning in January 2009.
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