Posts filed under “Retail”

Chart of the Week: Walmart Relative Sales versus Gasoline Prices

Over the past decade, when gasoline prices have been
falling, year-on-year same-store sales gains at Wal-Mart have tended to outpace
the growth in overall retail sales and vice versa.

Relative
Walmart Sales versus Gasoline

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Source: Michael Panzner

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While
it is not necessarily causal, it lends some credence to the idea that the
working-class customers of the nation’s largest retailer adjust their spending
in response to what they must pay at the pump.

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Items:

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the Economic Surface

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prices plummet as demand falls

Some
predict bad news for big media

How
the U.S. could beat the gloomy projections

Analysis:
Why U.S. Telecom Has Fallen Behind

Berners-Lee
on the read/write web

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Quote
of the Day:

“There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the
interval.” 
-George Santayana 

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Another DVD Retail Strategy: Red Room

Category: Film, Retail

Bad Weather Had No Impact on Retail Sales

Category: Retail

I Don’t Like BizRate

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A cool, wet spring

Category: Retail

Gasoline Prices (Adjusted for Inflation)

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Best Buy admits it: “Rebates Suck”

Category: Retail

Amazon Customer Service Number

Long story short: I had a big pain with an Amazon order fuck up. It was lost, they made good and shipped a new order, than 2 months later the original order shows up. Trying to return it was abominable without a customer service number — which they make nearly impossible to find. Here it…Read More

Category: Retail, Weekend