Britain's Most Admired by sector: Retailers - General/home

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1 Dunelm 60.8
2 Kingfisher 56.6
3 Home Retail Group 53.6
4 Kesa Electricals 46.3
5 Carpetright 44.2

Mid-cap homewares chain Dunelm leapfrogs nearest rival Kingfisher to take the top spot. Leicester-based Dunelm, with 2009 profits of £53m, has thrifty punters and a subdued housing market in its favour. It also plans to expand, aiming for 150 stores, up from 98. Kingfisher, owner of B&Q, and Home Retail Group, owner of Homebase and Argos, both benefited from the warm summer. Punters' fondness for large-drum washing machines and fancy fridges boosted sales at Kesa Electricals' Comet. Despite a tough year for Carpetright, CEO Lord Harris remains optimistic ahead of the crucial autumn trading period - helped by arch-rival Allied Carpets' demise.

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