I'll take this one

In Yellville, Ark., last week, Marlene Wyatt's search for a Halloween costume led her to a secondhand store. And within minutes she bought a white polyester prom dress labeled "Way Retro." End of story? Not quite. It turns out she'd made the dress herself 33 years ago while in high school. "I thought, 'This material looks familiar,' " she said. "Then I thought, 'Surely not.' And, finally, 'That's my dress!' "

Top US small company has fizzy formula for success

In ranking the nation's best small companies, Forbes magazine says it avoids flash-in-the-pan stories in favor of businesses that have good 12-month and five-year records and appear poised for new growth. In the latest rating of businesses with $5 million to $750 million in annual revenues, Hansen Natural Corp., a maker of bottled drinks, vaulted from 56th place in 2004 to No. 1 as sales jumped 81 percent. The Forbes top 10 small companies, based on such factors as sales, market value, and price/earnings ratios, with the headquarters and type of business for each:
1. Hansen Natural Corp., Corona, Calif.: Soft drinks, juices
2. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., Teaneck, N.J.: Software services
3. Travelzoo Inc., New York: Travel search engine
4. Remington Oil & Gas, Dallas: Oil and gas reserves
5. Usana Health Services, Salt Lake City: Skin-care, nutritional products
6. Forward Industries Inc., Pompano Beach, Fla.: Cases for hand-held consumer electronics
7. Laserscope, San Jose, Calif.: Medical laser systems
8. Ceradyne Inc., Costa Mesa, Calif.: Ceramic products
9. American Healthways, Nashville, Tenn.: Specialized care, disease management
10. Middleby Corp., Elgin, Ill.: Food-service equipment

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