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Looking to gain exposure to the recovering US consumer? We ran a screen on the retail sector keeping this idea in mind.

We began by screening the retail industry for stocks with high growth projections, with 5-year projected EPS growth rates above 15%.

We then screened for those stocks with strong sales trends, comparing growth in revenue to growth in accounts receivable. Since accounts receivable is the portion of revenue not yet received, and there is no guarantee the money will ever be received, the smaller the portion of revenue made up of receivables the healthier the company's revenue.

We screened for stocks seeing faster growth in revenue than accounts receivable year-over-year, as well as accounts receivable comprising a smaller portion of current assets over the same time period.

For an interactive version of this chart, click on the image below. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.

Tool provided by Kapitall (kapitall.com).

Do you think these retailers have strong prospects? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in revenue over the last year.

1. Carter's, Inc. (CRI): Designs, sources, and markets branded children's wear. Market cap at $3.22B. Price at $54.00. 5-year projected EPS growth at 15.15%. Revenue grew by 17.62% during the most recent quarter ($551.66M vs. $469M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 11.63% during the same time period ($178.67M vs. $160.06M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 23.79% to 22.75% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-03-31 to 13 weeks ending 2011-04-02).

2. Sally Beauty Holdings Inc. (SBH): Engages in the distribution and retail of professional beauty supplies. Market cap at $5.05B. Price at $27.00. 5-year projected EPS growth at 19.73%. Revenue grew by 10.91% during the most recent quarter ($889.28M vs. $801.8M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by -4.15% during the same time period ($93.07M vs. $97.1M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 11.55% to 10.33% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

3. Fossil, Inc. (FOSL): Designs, develops, markets, and distributes fashion accessories worldwide. Market cap at $4.19B. Price at $67.09. 5-year projected EPS growth at 19.48%. Revenue grew by 9.79% during the most recent quarter ($589.53M vs. $536.98M y/y). Accounts receivable grew by 1.63% during the same time period ($223.3M vs. $219.71M y/y). Receivables, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 20.17% to 19.3% during the most recent quarter (comparing 13 weeks ending 2012-03-31 to 13 weeks ending 2011-04-02).

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

Source: 3 High-Growth Retail Stocks With Strong Sales Trends