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Grocery sales in focus: Retail analysts note something doesn't add up with Wal-Mart's (WMT...

Grocery sales in focus: Retail analysts note something doesn't add up with Wal-Mart's (WMT -2.6%) claim per Nielsen data that it's "winning" market share for its grocery business despite the retailer's overall sales slip. On a rough comparison, the company's grocery store sales are growing level with Safeway (SWY +0.2%) - but still trail the pace of Whole Foods Market (WFM -0.1%) and Kroger (KR) by quite a lot. Is Wal-Mart's grocery share gain at the expense of the dollar store group (DG, DLTR, FDO)?
Comments (6)
  • It's called a collapse in aggregate demand due to poor real income growth coupled with higher taxes.
    16 May 2013, 10:16 AM Reply Like
  • Then why is Whole Foods, the most overpriced supermarket in America, showing the most growth. It seems to me that America's upper and upper-middle classes are doing quite well. These are people that would never step into a Walmart, so Walmart is not seeing the benefits.
    16 May 2013, 07:21 PM Reply Like
  • This winter the super Walmart had few empty parking spots. Now that the "snowbirds" have gone North it is not so crowded but quite busy. I don't see them hurting here in Florida. When the parking lots get empty, I will worry.
    16 May 2013, 11:19 AM Reply Like
  • Miscellaneous local players still hold 30+% of the market. Plenty to take from the regional players.
    16 May 2013, 11:20 AM Reply Like
  • Sorry folks but no more Wal Mart shopping for me. I'm disabled and with no working electric carts, super high prices compared to Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, and other low cost "dollar stores", and so many empty shelves, I've quit shopping there. I have found I save quite a lot by picking up certain things at each different store. For example, I get all my laundry supplies and dish washing needs taken care of at Family Dollar while I get some of my best cleaning supplies-well known name brands-at Dollar Tree. I don't know who did this survey, but when you're living on $700/month, you learn to shop around. Want a fantastic deal on toilet paper on a regular basis? Try the "Real Soft" Smiley Face brand from Walgreens. Twelve double rolls there are only $5 on a regular basis and is often on sale for $4! These sources need me to take them shopping and show them where the real bargains are to be found (the toilet paper is double ply, btw, just in case you're wondering). Ask those who HAVE to live with little to show you how it's done; not some highly paid number cruncher who spends $5 on a cup of coffee every day!
    16 May 2013, 12:35 PM Reply Like
  • My wife does 99% of the grocery shopping and while she shops at Walmart for groceries, she doesn't buy much of anything in the produce department (quality issue ). Additionally, if she needs just a few items, the pricing and convenience of shopping and parking at the smaller stores is more to her liking. That said, we can't forget the fact Walmart has benefited many a community in a number of ways.
    16 May 2013, 02:19 PM Reply Like
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