|Discounters remain the leaders of the retail pack. But with shoppers pinched by high fuel prices and weary of me-too fashions, not a single industry player managed to make the BW50 this year. Goliaths such as Home Depot, Gap, and Costco all saw their total return to shareholders fall last year. Kohl's Corp. just missed the list, bucking the trend by selling low-priced, name-brand merchandise in convenient strip-mall locations. Its earnings climbed 36% in the past year. Do it right, and bargain-hunting never goes out of style.