Latest Intelligence on Consumer Packaged Goods in North America

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Walmart: trialing online grocery delivery in California

Walmart has launched its Walmart To Go grocery home delivery service in a bid to gain a share of rising online spend and to counteract falling domestic sales. Although high levels of car ownership and the vast size of the US make it difficult to offer such a service nationally, the rise of online retailing along with a maturing market make the trial an imperative move for Walmart.

Published By Datamonitor
27 Apr 2011
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Walgreen: consolidation will benefit consumers

As the drugstore market becomes more competitive and saturated in local markets, leading US drugstore retailers Walgreen and CVS are completing acquisitions as their fastest routes to growth and to compete more effectively with non-specialists. This will undoubtedly lead to consumers benefiting from lower prices.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Jun 2006
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Wal-Mart: wired and Linspired

A new laptop with an operating system that is compatible with, though much cheaper than, laptops running the Microsoft Office system has been launched by Wal-Mart and Linspire. The low-cost laptop opens up the market to lower-income consumers, though is unlikely to convert most from tried and trusted Microsoft software.

Published By Datamonitor
21 Dec 2004
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Wal-Mart: tighter purse strings mark difficult outlook

As Wal-Mart reported strong results for the three months to July 31, 2007, chief executive Lee Scott cast a shadow, warning of tougher times ahead. Blaming rising interest rates and fuel costs, Wal-Mart's exposure to lower income earners has dealt it a blow. As a result, overcoming a less than certain economic outlook in the US will be Wal-Mart's biggest challenge going forward.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Aug 2007
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Wal-Mart: the state of the union

An outlet in Quebec, Canada has become one of the first Wal-Mart [WMT] stores in North America to obtain union certification. Famous for its low prices and infamous for its lower wages, Wal-Mart has long opposed such a move. In light of recent negative publicity, however, resisting unionization could create more woes for the retail giant.

Published By Datamonitor
05 Aug 2004
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Expert View

Wal-Mart: refocusing resources where it matters

Wal-Mart's Q2 net income declined by 26.0% to $2.08 billion, its first fall in profits for 10 years. It cited losses made from the disposal of its operations in Germany and South Korea. The retailer is now focusing on broadening its appeal upmarket in its core US market and this should put it in a better position to compete with fast expanding rivals such as Target.

Published By Datamonitor
17 Aug 2006
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Wal-Mart: private labels on parade

Propelled by strong sales of private label goods and in its international divisions, Wal-Mart has posted record sales and earnings. Net income for the quarter rose to $2.3 billion, a 15.5% year-on-year increase, in spite of sluggish US demand. Through its practices, Wal-Mart has defined innovation as the elixir for future growth.

Published By Datamonitor
20 Feb 2003
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Wal-Mart: new expansion strategy

After Wal-Mart's fiasco in Germany and Korea, a change in its expansion strategy is emerging. The retailer is understood to be planning a move into the fragmented and fast-growing Russian market via the joint venture route rather than using its considerable financial muscle for acquisitions. If it goes ahead, Russia could re-establish Wal-Mart's credentials as a truly international retailer.

Published By Datamonitor
13 Feb 2007
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Wal-Mart: muscling into healthcare debate

Wal-Mart [WMT] has finally joined the battle against a new Californian ballot measure that would require large businesses to pay at least 80% of workers' healthcare premiums. The decision is a further example of Wal-Mart's strategy of using its corporate bulk to defend its competitiveness, despite the negative publicity that such tactics can generate.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Oct 2004
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Wal-Mart: knocking off the grocery giants

Consumers are making fewer trips to traditional grocery stores. Supercenters' lower prices are the primary driver, given the continued uncertainty over the economy. Traditional supermarkets are getting involved in M&A activity to cut costs and prices, but a more important factor in tackling Wal-Mart will be matching its efficient category management system.

Published By Datamonitor
08 May 2002

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