A new report from Rabobank concludes consumers are trading down when buying groceries or moving...

A new report from Rabobank concludes consumers are trading down when buying groceries or moving up to the premium sector as they slowly abandon the mid-market. It's a trend which could benefit both Wal-Mart (WMT) and Whole Foods Market (WFM) as they continue to chip away at sales at traditional grocery chains (KR, SWY, SVU, RNDY, HTSI) from different directions.

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  • obieephyhm
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    the report may be new so far as Rabobank but it's not new at all. the thesis has been around for several years at least. and it's one that is gaining traction *without* much in the way of data to support its conclusions. in fact, it seems rather difficult to find someone who has actually studied this and been able to draw more than a loose correlation between recession spending changes and consumer changes.


    in other words, in what i've read, i find the whole thesis extremely suspect.......
    30 May 2013, 09:24 AM Reply Like
  • Steve Rasher
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    Why do you think Roundys is opening more Mariano's, particularly in the Chicago area?
    30 May 2013, 09:40 AM Reply Like
  • Oldman166
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    I would NEVER buy food from Walmart. Hell, I dont even SHOP at Walmart. All the disgusting things they do and are doing to their employees and the child labor workers. I don't know how the management can sleep at nite!!!
    30 May 2013, 03:55 PM Reply Like
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