Britain's Most Admired By Sector: Retail (general)

Hard times require bold moves, and Carphone Warehouse will be hoping its £1.1bn tie-up with American electronics giant Best Buy pays off.

1 Carphone Warehouse 61.0
2 Dunelm 59.0
3 Home Retail Group 56.3
4 Kingfisher 53.5
5 Kesa Electricals 51.8

Carphone founder Charles Dunstone is optimistic that he'll sell enough TVs and laptops to survive the downturn, but says it may be time to demerge its retail and telecoms wings. Budget home furnisher Dunelm Mill outperforms its rivals in financial services, quality of management and value as a long-term investment. Home Retail Group, which owns Argos and Homebase, and B&Q owner Kingfisher have both slipped. But the latter has managed to deliver better-than-expected profits - £214m for the first half, up from £174m last year.

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