Sometimes you can learn at least as many interesting things by looking at the companies that missed the Northwest 100 as the ones that topped...

Sometimes you can learn at least as many interesting things by looking at the companies that missed the Northwest 100 as the ones that topped it.

Several retailers — Eddie Bauer, Lithia Motors, Celebrate Express and Coldwater Creek among them — missed the cut, reflecting weakening consumer spending and investors’ consequent disenchantment with the sector.