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Do you consider a stock's sales trends when choosing among names? We ran a screen with this idea in mind.

Grocery stores are one industry where sales and inventory trends are especially important season after season, so we started with a universe of Grocery store stocks. Maybe this will also give you color on their performance during the holiday season.

We screened for stocks with strong sales trends by comparing growth in revenue to growth in inventory over the last year. We screened for stocks with positive sales trends, with faster growth in revenue than inventory over the last year. Since inventory represents the portion of goods not yet sold, faster growth in revenue than inventory is considered an encouraging sign.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.
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Do you think these stocks are poised to move higher? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in revenue over the last year.

1. Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:CORE): Engages in marketing fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America. Market cap at $564.13M, most recent closing price at $48.97.

Revenue grew by 4.04% during the most recent quarter ($2,314.9M vs. $2,225.1M y/y). Inventory grew by -2.07% during the same time period ($278.7M vs. $284.6M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 44.22% to 43.69% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

2. Village Super Market Inc. (NASDAQ:VLGEA): Operates a chain of ShopRite supermarkets in the United States. Market cap at $679.32M, most recent closing price at $33.73.

Revenue grew by 4.5% during the most recent quarter ($358.15M vs. $342.74M y/y). Inventory grew by -3.74% during the same time period ($38.37M vs. $39.86M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 25.36% to 21.95% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-10-27 to 13 weeks ending 2011-10-29).

3. The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR): Operates as a retailer in the United States. Market cap at $13.87B, most recent closing price at $26.29.

Revenue grew by 5.89% during the most recent quarter ($21,807M vs. $20,594M y/y). Inventory grew by 0.78% during the same time period ($5,550M vs. $5,507M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 70.39% to 67.05% during the most recent quarter (comparing 12 weeks ending 2012-11-03 to 12 weeks ending 2011-11-05).

4. Companhia Brasileira de Distribuicao (NYSE:CBD): Operates as a retailer of food products, clothing, home appliances, and other products through its chain of hypermarkets, supermarkets, specialized and department stores, convenience stores, and the Internet in Brazil. Market cap at $12.27B, most recent closing price at $46.60.

Revenue grew by 6.81% during the most recent quarter ($12,037M vs. $11,270M y/y). Inventory grew by 2.55% during the same time period ($4,939M vs. $4,816M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 31.49% to 29.59% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-06-30 to 3 months ending 2011-06-30).

5. Etablissements Delhaize Freres et Cie Le Lion S.A. (NYSE:DEG): Operates food supermarkets in North America, Europe, and southeast Asia. Market cap at $3.99B, most recent closing price at $39.17.

Revenue grew by 9.14% during the most recent quarter ($5,815M vs. $5,328M y/y). Inventory grew by -4.39% during the same time period ($1,525M vs. $1,595M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 53.98% to 53.43% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-09-30 to 3 months ending 2011-09-30).

*Accounting data sourced from Google Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.

Source: 5 Grocery Stores With Encouraging Inventory Trends