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Deep Dive: We’re in another lousy earnings season, but these companies have grown sales by at least 28%

We’re in the middle of another bad earnings season, with five out of 10 S&P 500 sectors expected to show earnings declines. Then again, this is an improvement from the first quarter, when six out of 10 S&P 500 sectors declined.

But regardless of how well companies grow their earnings, investors face the same problem each quarter — the obsession among analysts and the business media with “beating” quarterly estimates for earnings or sales. Beating a reduced estimate is part of the traditional Wall Street game, but it might not tell you anything about how successful a company is doing what it needs to do — grow sales that lead to higher profits.

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