Ranking last year: 6
Population: 16,888,760 (July 2010 est.)
GDP per capita: $15,500 (2010 est.)
Chile is the first of the three South American countries grabbing the highest rankings in the study.
The country’s economy recovered quickly from the global recession. A.T. Kearney estimates the country’s retail sector will grow 10 percent in 2011 as a result of the growing purchasing power of the country’s middle class as well as its young, urban population.
(Pictured: Santiago, Chile skyline)