"The home improvement leader has continued to best its competitors—including Lowe's. Credit both the ongoing effort to spruce up store brands and new technology tools that let store workers see a fuller picture of a shopper's spending history," according to the Fortune list. "While the housing market could be heading for bumpy times in a recession, Home Depot appears to be gathering the tools it needs to keep outperforming rivals."
While UPS slid down the list two spots, Delta Air Lines moved up one and the Coca-Cola Company moved up 12. Rounding out the top five, the Southern Company fell 22 spots on this year’s list to No. 153.