NEW YORK — As its name implies, Anthropologie studies its customers a little more closely than most retailers to find out what they really want. For its efforts, the chain has been rewarded with 31 out of 37 quarters of positive same-store sales since opening.

While other retailers complain about the dismal economic environment and its impact on business, the 43-unit chain based in Philadelphia has logged a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent on average for the last five years — enviable under the best of circumstances.

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