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September 20, 2010 09:30 ET

Research on Safeway and Whole Foods Market - Contrasting Trends at the Grocery Store

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - September 20, 2010) - www.stockcall.com/ offers investors comprehensive research on the grocery stores industry and has completed analytical research on Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) and Whole Foods Market Inc. (NASDAQ: WFMI). Register with us today at www.stockcall.com/ to have free access to these researches.

Lower consumer spending during the economic downturn has driven many customers to discount grocers causing price wars amongst major chains. Conversely, in the same span of time, consumer preference for organic food products has risen despite organic foods being more expensive on average. What has each of these trends done to the grocery industry as a whole? Register now at https://stockcall.com/development/stockcall/page.php?name=register.html to have free access to our reports on the grocery stores industry.

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The price wars, especially over staples like meat and dairy products have halted growth for smaller chains less capable of growing with narrowed profit margins. To compete with larger chains some like Safeway Inc. have adopted new revenue strategies. One such strategy is embracing the rising popularity of online shopping. Online shopping only accounts for 2% of U.S. grocery sales but some predict it could reach the 5% levels seen in some European countries. Investors can register for free to access the research report on Safeway Inc. at www.stockcall.com/SWY200910.pdf.

The rapidly rising demand in the U.S. for organic products has elevated it out of niche status. Despite a generally discount favoring consumer, organic sections of stores are expanding with sales in tow. A recent survey estimates that now 3 out of 4 adults now purchase organic products. Organic grocery chains are facing increased pressure from the rising popularity of co-op grocers though. This growing trend has seen Whole Foods Market Inc. shares surge since the beginning of 2010. Investors can register for free to access the research reports on Whole Foods Market Inc. at www.stockcall.com/WFMI200910.pdf.

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