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Do you consider a stock's sales trends when choosing among names? For ideas on how to start your own sales analysis, we ran a screen.

We began by screening the consumer goods sector for stocks that have been outperforming the market, with performance over the last quarter above 10%.

We then screened for 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.

To screen for strengthening liquidity, we also only focused on those companies with inventory decreasing as a percent of current assets.

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Do you think these names should continue to outperform? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.

List sorted by increase in revenue over the last year.

1. Star Scientific, Inc. (CIGX): Engages in the development, implementation, and licensing of tobacco curing technology that prevents the formation of carcinogenic toxins present in tobacco and tobacco smoke, primarily the tobacco-specific nitrosamines (TSNA). Market cap at $569.73M, most recent closing price at $3.91. Performance over the last quarter at 18.55%. Revenue grew by 631.25% during the most recent quarter ($1.17M vs. $0.16M y/y). Inventory fell by 18.28% during the same time period ($2.95M vs. $3.61M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 15.95% to 14.22% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

2. LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. (LF): Provides technology-based learning platforms worldwide. Market cap at $698.1M, most recent closing price at $10.46. Performance over the last quarter at 21.20%. Revenue grew by 81.48% during the most recent quarter ($72.01M vs. $39.68M y/y). Inventory fell by 28.9% during the same time period ($38.87M vs. $54.67M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 29.95% to 15.94% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

3. Kandi Technologies, Corp (KNDI): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, and commercialization of off-road vehicles, motorcycles, mini-cars, and special automobile related products. Market cap at $125.37M, most recent closing price at $4.20. Performance over the last quarter at 14.90%. Revenue grew by 72.18% during the most recent quarter ($14.36M vs. $8.34M y/y). Inventory fell by 16.26% during the same time period ($8.19M vs. $9.78M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 11.02% to 10.91% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

4. Lacrosse Footwear Inc. (BOOT): Engages in the design, development, manufacture, and marketing of footwear for the work and outdoor markets. Market cap at $129.87M, most recent closing price at $19.95. Performance over the last quarter at 52.48%. Revenue grew by 32.12% during the most recent quarter ($33.28M vs. $25.19M y/y). Inventory fell by 8.11% during the same time period ($43.07M vs. $46.87M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 71.32% to 66.75% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-26).

5. Lifetime Brands, Inc. (LCUT): Engages in the design, marketing, and distribution of kitchenware, tabletop, and home decor products under various company-owned and licensed brand names in North America. Market cap at $160.85M, most recent closing price at $12.93. Performance over the last quarter at 15.74%. Revenue grew by 18.82% during the most recent quarter ($109.04M vs. $91.77M y/y). Inventory grew by 9.38% during the same time period ($113.65M vs. $103.9M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 59.87% to 56.94% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-03-31).

6. Church & Dwight Co. Inc. (CHD): Develops, manufactures, and markets a range of household, personal care, and specialty products under various brand names in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $7.87B, most recent closing price at $56.64. Performance over the last quarter at 13.93%. Revenue grew by 7.52% during the most recent quarter ($690.6M vs. $642.3M y/y). Inventory fell by 0.23% during the same time period ($212.6M vs. $213.1M y/y). Inventory, as a percentage of current assets, decreased from 32.13% to 28.% during the most recent quarter (comparing 3 months ending 2012-03-31 to 3 months ending 2011-04-01).

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

Source: 6 Outperforming Consumer Goods Stocks With Strong Inventory Trends