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April 03, 2012 08:15 ET

Analytical Reports on Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Big Lots Inc. - Discount Variety Navigating Trying Times

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The Discount Variety Stores industry, in which both Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Big Lots Inc. operate, remains highly competitive. Though there have been some improvements to the U.S. economy, many consumers remain focused on value, and high fuel prices may continue to put pressure on disposable income levels. gives traders a unique insight about Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Big Lots Inc. by registering now at or brings investors free classic analysis on Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Big Lots Inc. and other companies within the Discount, Variety Stores industry. This type of analysis is only a fragment of the information members have available to them. To learn more we encourage investors to sign up at

Despite these challenges, Wal-Mart recently announced that they have been successful in maintaining a strong sales pace through January and February. The company has also announced that it intends to "invest in price" bringing down its grocery prices by $1 billion this year in a bid to gain customer loyalty, increase traffic and boost non-consumable sales.

Meanwhile, though Big Lots beat estimates in their most recent quarter, some are concerned over supply and demand issues in relation to its consumables, which make up approximately 30 percent of its product mix.

The shift of consumers to online options also poses a definite threat for the Discount Variety Stores industry. Online retailers are getting stronger and shoppers are becoming increasingly tech savvy, making it more difficult for stores to retain their market share. However, industry players seem to, at last, be taking the threat seriously and are investing heavily in their own online businesses.

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