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12. priceline.com
3-year average
Revenue Growth: 28%
Profit Growth: 59%
Total Return: 64%
The discount travel broker, famous for its "name your own price" deals, lately seems to able to name its own sales. Priceline.com-beamed to the forefront of America's consciousness by its spokesman, Star Trek veteran William Shatner-saw travel bookings grow at warp speed: 47% in 2010. Those gains were boosted by the company's acquisition of U.K. rental car company TravelJigsaw, which was touted as the fastest-growing online car rental agency in the world.

Priceline's two other international acquisitions-Europe's largest hotel reservation service, Booking.com, and Asia's hotel online reservation service, Agoda-also helped it along. Overseas business accounted for roughly 69% of the company's gross bookings last year, and 82% of its operating income. That's a trend that the company thinks is here to stay as Internet penetration and international travel grows in other parts of the world, Priceline wants be there.
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Revenue ($ millions): $3309.8
Net Income ($ millions): $578.5
Industry: Technology
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From the September 26, 2011 issue.
Revenue and profit figures reflect the four quarters ended on or before April 30,2011.
Total return is through June 30, 2011.

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