#3 – Family Dollar
Discount retail is in high favor with consumers amid tight spending and a troubled job market. Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO) is a great example of this trend. The stock is up 14% year to date, compared with a flat market. Revenues and profits have all increased year-over-year annually since fiscal 2007, showing growth even amid broader economic difficulties. On top of that, FDO stock has a decent 1.2% payout that, a history of paying dividends since 1976 and a strong record of increasing payouts, too.