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What are some of the most profitable retail businesses in the U.S.?

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As of 2014, the most successful retail stores in the United States are Apple, Murphy USA and Tiffany & Co. Other successful retailers include Michael Kors Holdings and Lululemon Athletica.

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These rankings include sales at retail stores only and do not take into account online sales. The stores that rank highest have the highest dollar amount of sales per square foot of retail space. While the top retailer on the list, Apple, sells what are generally considered luxury goods with high price points, the second place retailer, Murphy USA, is a chain of gas station convenience stores. Murphy USA's high ranking can most likely be attributed to its success selling tobacco products.

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