The National Retail Federation ( has revealed its list of the fastest growing US convenience and department stores.

The so-called Hot 100 Retailers list is in its second year, and provides a definitive ranking of the nation's stores by highlighting year-on-year revenue percentage growth of companies with more than $100m in sales.

According to the list convenience stores experienced the greatest growth in 2006 with a 21.9% boost in sales, against 21.5% for department stores.

All but four of the 100 retailers saw double-digit growth for the year, many of them growing through the acquisition of others. The Bon-Ton Stores, a regional department store chain, topped the list with a 164.3% revenue increase that was largely due to its acquisition of what was once Saks' northern department store division, while GameStop, which placed second on the list, can put its 72% growth down to purchasing EB Games in 2005.

Zumiez, an apparel, footwear and accessories brand for board sports, motocross and bicycle motocross enthusiasts, came in at number four, while multichannel retailer Coldwater Creek placed in seventh, fast-fashion company Charlotte Russe placed at number eight, and value-retailer Citi Trends rounded up the top 10.