This means that large stores showing sizable positive growth can still place lower in these rankings. Perkins points to Dollar General and Dollar Tree, which saw 13.6 and 12.5 percent sales growth, respectively, as examples. Discount stores like these have prospered in an economic downturn but aren't seeing the impressive 40 percent growth of retailers nearer to the top, like Lowe's Market Place, which had $975 million in total sales, compared to Dollar Tree's $6.5 million and Dollar General's $14.8 million.
Still, that doesn't mean that big sellers can't post booming growth. Amazon's $26.4 billion in sales last year was 42.5 percent larger than the year before. And with buzz about the retailer potentially considering same-day delivery, it appears the company may have an avenue to even more enormous growth.
Danielle Kurtzleben is a business and economics reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Connect with her on Twitter at @titonka or via E-mail at email@example.com.