SOURCE: BIGresearch

May 06, 2008 14:57 ET

More Shoppers Heading to Discount Giant for Electronics, Home Improvement & Grocery Items

Specialty Retailers Remain Strong but Lose Consumer Share to Wal-Mart

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Higher gas and grocery prices coupled with an uncertain economic environment are driving more consumers to Wal-Mart for electronics, home improvement and groceries according to the April Retail Ratings Report from BIGresearch (http://www.bigresearch.com).

For the Electronics category, Wal-Mart had the highest year over year growth in share of consumers that shop there most often for electronics, with 16% vs. 15%. This growth gives Wal-Mart a Consumer Equity Index™ (CEI)* score of 107.15 in the April Ratings. Best Buy saw a slight decrease in share from 28.6% in April 07 to 27.7% in April 2008 making their CEI 96.88. *CEI measures growth in share year over year. An index of 100 is flat, while an index of 105 indicates 5% growth.

Home Depot continues to lead in the Home Improvement sector, but share of preference declined from 28.6% in April 2007 to 27.6% in 08 with a CEI of 96.39. Second place Lowe's remains flat with a CEI of 100.46, while third place Wal-Mart experienced relatively substantial share growth year over year with a CEI of 111.97.

Wal-Mart maintains a strong lead in the Groceries category as consumer share increased to 15.3% from 13.6% in 2007. #2 Kroger marginally weakens with a CEI rating of 96.81 and #3 Publix experienced a steeper decline (83.98).

Wal-Mart is also picking up grocery shoppers with higher incomes. Among households who report an income greater than $50K, Wal-Mart's share of preference as a grocer increased from 12.3% in 2007 to 13.5% in 2008.

Groceries (Shop at Most Often) - $50K+ Income

              Share       Share        Share
Store         Apr. 2007   Apr. 2008    +/-     CEI
Wal-Mart      12.3%       13.5%        1.1    109.04
Stop 'n Shop  2.3%        2.6%         0.3    114.26
Publix        4.3%        4.4%         0.0    100.98
Shoprite      2.9%        2.9%         0.0    100.84
Giant Eagle   1.9%        1.9%         0.0    100.47
Meijer        2.5%        2.5%         0.0     99.72
Costco        2.1%        1.9%        -0.1     93.73
Kroger        6.6%        6.4%        -0.2     97.44
Safeway       3.6%        3.2%        -0.5     87.44
Albertsons    2.7%        2.1%        -0.6     78.57

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 7,500 online interviews. For a sample of the April report for Electronics (all consumers and those with household incomes less than $50,000), please click the following link: http://info.bigresearch.com/.

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