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Many tech companies rely on sales as their primary source of profits, so if you're looking at specific tech stocks, a sales analysis should be top on the list. For ideas on how to dig deeper into a company's sales trends, we ran a screen.

Comparing changes in revenue to changes in inventory can provide some clear signs. We ran a screen on stocks in the tech sector that have been outperforming the market, with over 20% quarterly returns. We then screened these names for those with positive sales trends comparing revenue to inventory.

We screened for companies seeing faster growth in revenue than growth in inventory year-over-year, as well as inventory decreasing as a portion of current assets over this time period.

Although rising inventories are not necessarily a bad sign, revenue should be rising at a faster rate than inventory over a long period of time. Of course, management can change their inventory policies whenever they wish, but over the long-term, a company should see faster growth in revenue than inventory.

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap over the last two years for the top six stocks mentioned below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

Do you think these companies are seeing strong sales trends? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

1. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD): Operates as a semiconductor company in the United States, Japan, China, and Europe. Market cap at $5.68B.Performance over the last quarter at 53.79%. Revenue grew by 2.55% during the most recent quarter ($1,691M vs. $1,649M y/y). Inventory grew by -24.68% during the same time period ($476M vs. $632M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 17.58% to 14.74% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2011-12-31 to 13 weeks ending 2010-12-25).

2. Avago Technologies Limited (AVGO): Engages in the design, development, and supply of analog semiconductor devices worldwide. Market cap at $9.35B.Performance over the last quarter at 33.87%. Revenue grew by 2.36% during the most recent quarter ($563M vs. $550M y/y). Inventory grew by -4.93% during the same time period ($193M vs. $203M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 22.31% to 14.07% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-01-29 to 3 months ending 2011-01-30).

3. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI): Engages in the design, production, and distribution of lighting fixtures, lighting controls, and related products and services in North America and internationally. Market cap at $2.66B.Performance over the last quarter at 23.68%. Revenue grew by 11.6% during the most recent quarter ($474.3M vs. $425M y/y). Inventory grew by -6.45% during the same time period ($162.5M vs. $173.7M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 28.32% to 25.42% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-11-30 to 3 months ending 2010-11-30).

4. Himax Technologies, Inc. (HIMX): Designs, develops, and markets semiconductors for flat panel displays. Market cap at $353.84M.Performance over the last quarter at 100.00%. Revenue grew by 19.84% during the most recent quarter ($169.23M vs. $141.21M y/y). Inventory grew by -4.25% during the same time period ($112.98M vs. $117.99M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 24.28% to 21.91% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2010-12-31).

5. Itron, Inc. (ITRI): Provides products and services for the energy and water markets worldwide. Market cap at $1.82B.Performance over the last quarter at 26.77%. Revenue grew by 3.52% during the most recent quarter ($642.48M vs. $620.66M y/y). Inventory grew by -5.92% during the same time period ($195.84M vs. $208.16M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 23.6% to 23.3% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2010-12-31).

6. LSI Corporation (LSI): Designs, develops, and markets storage and networking semiconductors and storage systems worldwide. Market cap at $4.85B.Performance over the last quarter at 46.83%. Revenue grew by 11.15% during the most recent quarter ($523.14M vs. $470.66M y/y). Inventory grew by -3.61% during the same time period ($180.03M vs. $186.77M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 14.78% to 12.65% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2010-12-31).

7. MTS Systems Corp. (MTSC): Supplies test systems and industrial position sensors in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Market cap at $836.46M.Performance over the last quarter at 31.34%. Revenue grew by 26.28% during the most recent quarter ($133.7M vs. $105.88M y/y). Inventory grew by 21.44% during the same time period ($67.19M vs. $55.33M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 22.3% to 19.51% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2011-12-31 to 3 months ending 2011-01-01).

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

Source: 7 Outperforming Tech Stocks With Positive Inventory Trends