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AutoZone (AZO) is another U.S. all-star, even though the nation’s largest auto parts retailer has slowly been expanding its footprint beyond our borders.
Last year, AutoZone announced that its Alldata diagnostic and repair software would be sold across the pond and in Canada. Plus, the company also opened its very first store in Brazil and has a handful of Mexico locations.
But consider this: In 2012, AutoZone hit the 5,000-store mark. Not only are more than 4,600 of those are located here at home, but they boasted domestic same-store sales growth of 4% last year and brought in the bulk of AZO’s $8.6 billion in revenue.
The stock sure is something for us Americans to be proud of, too. It has posted a gain of 21% since Jan. 1, and that upward trajectory isn’t new, either. AZO has grown earnings by over 22% annually over the last five years, which has translated to a more-than-quadrupling in its stock price.