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This wholesaler of communications cables and electrical gear is a global powerhouse. Based in Glenview, Ill., Anixter distributes 275,000 products from 169 warehouses in 45 countries. Such an extensive warehouse network enables Anixter to deliver 99% of orders within 24 to 48 hours around the globe. That reliability gives customers the confidence to buy from one supplier. The result: $3.27 billion in sales in 2004, giving it a commanding 20% of this fragmented market.
And Anixter is only getting bigger. Recent acquisitions have added fasteners to the product mix, leading to breakthroughs in distribution to blue-chip manufacturers. Its new biz helped Anixter up first quarter revenues nearly 15% over a year ago, to $876.5 million. The company plans to cross-sell these new offerings to existing customers, making 2005 a promising year
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All figures are for the most recent available 12 months.
* Latest available data for the 12-month period ended Dec. 31, Jan. 31, Feb. 29, Mar. 31, or Apr. 30. For companies that do not report quarterly, the most recent annual data were used.
Data provided by Standard & Poor's Compustat, BusinessWeek
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