The earnings reports keep on coming!

I just went over seven companies that analysts see posting higher quarterly results this week than they did a year earlier. The economy has been a tough puppy to turn around, but these companies are finding ways to grow.

Thankfully, there are a lot more than seven companies that are pegged to post year-over-year gains on the bottom line this week.

Let's look at a few more.

Company

Latest Quarter's EPS (Estimated)

Year-Ago Quarter's EPS

FactSet Research (NYSE:FDS)

$0.74

$0.73

Hovnanian (NYSE:HOV)

($1.40)

($5.79)

Bio-Reference Labs (NASDAQ:BRLI)

$0.46

$0.38

General Mills (NYSE:GIS)

$1.44

$1.36

Pier 1 Imports (NYSE:PIR)

($0.05)

($0.41)

Winnebago (NYSE:WGO)

($0.07)

($0.33)

CarMax (NYSE:KMX)

$0.15

($0.10)

Source: Yahoo! Finance.

These are companies in vastly different industries. From cereal giants to used-car retailers, and from recreational vehicles to home furnishings, it's a healthy cross-section of sectors that are serving up winners these days.

Homebuilder Hovnanian, RV giant Winnebago, and home goods retailer Pier 1 are still posting losses, but their deficits are narrowing quite substantially. Hovnanian still has a long way to go before demand for new homes bounces back, but analysts see Pier 1 and Winnebago back in black next year.

As 2009 lunges its way to the finish line, we can find plenty of companies in better shape than they were a year ago. As long as these companies meet or exceed Wall Street's profit targets, we can look forward to a stronger start for 2010.

Which of these seven companies do you think will keep improving in 2010? Share your thoughts in the comment box below.

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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz wonders whether his contrarian heart will ever be happy. He owns no shares in any of the companies in this story and is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early. The Fool has a disclosure policy.