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June 03, 2009 09:22 ET

BIGresearch's May Retail Ratings: #1 Best Buy, #2 Walmart and #3 Amazon Growing for Electronics

Walmart Leads Walgreens and CVS for HBA

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - June 3, 2009) - One-third (33.2%) of adults shop Best Buy most often for Electronics, and their consumer preference share is growing, according to the May Retail Ratings Report from BIGresearch (http://www.bigresearch.com). But the big box isn't the only retailer to see growth in preference year-over-year:

                   ELECTRONICS

               CONSUMER PREFERENCE
                      SHARE
Store        May. 2008   May. 2009   +/-     CEI*
Best Buy     29.0%       33.2%       4.2     114.46
Walmart      16.3%       20.2%       3.9     123.59
Amazon        1.0%       2.4%        1.3     229.43
Target        2.2%       2.8%        0.6     127.66
Sears         2.3%       2.7%        0.5     120.68
Sam's Club    0.8%       1.0%        0.3     132.45
Radio Shack   0.9%       1.1%        0.2     122.63
Costco        1.2%       1.2%        0.0     104.08
Internet      0.8%       0.9%        0.0     104.49
Fry's         1.4%       1.4%        0.0     100.22

*CEI measures growth in share of consumer preference year over year. An index of 100 is flat, while an index of 105 indicates 5% growth.

Source: BIGresearch Retail Ratings Report, May 09

In May, Walmart is #1 for electronics purchases among shoppers who report a household income of less than $50,000. The discounter showed growth in consumer share (25.6% in May 08 to 28.7% in May 09) with a CEI of 112.19, while consumer preference for Best Buy declined slightly for this segment (27% in 08 to 26.5% in 09).

It doesn't appear that any retailer will claim Walmart's Health & Beauty Care crown anytime soon. The big discounter leads with 31.4% shopping there most often, more than triple the share of #2 Walgreens:

               HEALTH & BEAUTY AIDS

               CONSUMER PREFERENCE
                      SHARE
Store        May. 2008   May. 2009   +/-     CEI*
Walmart      27.2%       31.4%       4.2     115.49
Walgreens     7.2%        8.6%       1.5     120.55
Target        5.3%        6.6%       1.2     123.28
Dollar        0.6%        1.0%       0.4     165.72
General
CVS           7.2%        7.6%       0.4     104.92
Costco        0.9%        1.1%       0.2     125.09
Rite Aid      2.7%        2.7%       0.0     98.87
Avon          0.9%        0.9%       -0.1    91.18
Meijer        1.1%        1.0%       -0.1    92.42
Kroger        1.3%        1.1%       -0.2    84.31

Source: BIGresearch Retail Ratings Report, May 09

For an excerpt from the May Ratings Report: http://info.bigresearch.com/.

BIGresearch's Retail Ratings Reports (RRR) are available monthly for 12 major merchandise categories. They are developed from BIGresearch's monthly Consumer Intentions & Actions (CIA) Survey of over 8,000 online interviews.

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