SOURCE: The Bedford Report

The Bedford Report

November 11, 2010 12:05 ET

Discount Retailers Face Online Headwinds This Holiday Season

The Bedford Report Provides Analyst Research on Wal-Mart & Big Lots

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - November 11, 2010) - Tis the season! Following a disappointing back to school season -- the second largest season on the US retail industry calendar -- retailers have started the holiday push earlier this year and with bigger sales. With unemployment rates remaining high and economic turbulence continuing, retailers have been hurting and desperately need a strong Christmas season to help boost profits. The weak economy has forced retailers to keep their inventories lower than normal and forces shoppers to shop earlier if they want to get the hottest gift for their loved ones. The Bedford Report examines the outlook for companies in the Discount, Variety Stores Industry and provides research reports on Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) and Big Lots, Inc. (NYSE: BIG). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-WMT

www.bedfordreport.com/2010-11-BIG

Another "holiday headwind" for traditional store retailers is the growing popularity of online retailers. Forrester Research predicts that online retail sales in the US will grow 16% in this holiday shopping season compared to last year. This is a frightening stat for retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target as the National Retail Federation believes overall retail shopping is likely to increase a mere 2.4% this year. eBay, Amazon and other online retailers offer extremely discounted deals on shipping which is taking consumers away from the stores and on to the Web.

The Bedford Report releases regular market updates on the Discount, Variety Stores Industry so investors can stay ahead of the crowd and make the best investment decisions to maximize their returns. Take a few minutes to register with us for free at www.bedfordreport.com and get exclusive access to our numerous analyst reports and industry newsletters.

Only a few more sleeps remain until the retailers' Christmas, the infamous "Black Friday." Wal-Mart is open 24 hours for Black Friday in many locations and the company announced it plans to have 2,300 stores selling Apple's hugely popular iPad by mid-November.

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