Plunkett's Retail Industry Almanac 2008

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No other guide covers the complete retail picture like this exciting new volume. America's retail industry is in the midst of vast changes - superstores and giant discounters are popping up on major corners. Malls are lagging while "power centers" are surging ahead. Savvy firms are combining bricks, clicks and catalogs into multi-channel retail powerhouses. Which are the hottest retailers? What lies ahead? Our market research section shows you the trends and a thorough analysis of retail technologies, chain ...
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Overview

No other guide covers the complete retail picture like this exciting new volume. America's retail industry is in the midst of vast changes - superstores and giant discounters are popping up on major corners. Malls are lagging while "power centers" are surging ahead. Savvy firms are combining bricks, clicks and catalogs into multi-channel retail powerhouses. Which are the hottest retailers? What lies ahead? Our market research section shows you the trends and a thorough analysis of retail technologies, chain stores, shopping centers, mergers, finances and future growth within the industry. Included are major statistical tables showing everything from monthly U.S. retail sales, by sector, to mall sales per square foot, to the 10 largest malls in the US. Meanwhile, the corporate profiles section covering nearly 500 firms gives you complete profiles of the leading, fastest growing retail chains across the nation. From Wal-Mart and Costco to Barnes & Noble and Amazon, we profile the major companies that marketing executives, investors and job seekers most want to know about. These profiles include corporate name, address, phone, fax, web site, growth plans, competitive advantage, financial histories and up to 27 executive contacts by title. Purchasers of the printed book or PDF version may receive a free CD-ROM database of the corporate profiles, enabling export of vital corporate data for mail merge and other uses.
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American Reference Books Annual
The detailed and varied information found here on retail trade is difficult to easily access elsewhere in one volume. The almanac should be a welcome addition to business and large public and academic libraries that deal with the retail trade side of business.
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Large discounters like Wal-Mart that offer customers a wide array of low-priced merchandise in one convenient location dominate today's retail scene. One might guess that Plunkett's aspires to a similar niche in the business reference market as a convenient one-stop source of information about the American retail industry. Included in this premier edition are an overview of the retail industry; a chapter on careers in retailing; lists of retail industry contacts, selected retailing sites on the World Wide Web, shopping center and outlet center mall owners and managers; and profiles of . . . companies selected for 'their prominence in retail fields and related support industries . . . Plunkett's is recommended for libraries with demand for information about the retail industry.
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The Retail Industry Almanac is especially recommended for the most dedicated business, governmental and college libraries. Those with strong business references will consider it an important acquisition: the only complete reference to the American retail industry's trends and leading companies, from chain stores to specialty stores. The contact names of executives, phone numbers, and corporate analysis details on each Retail 500 firm will prove invaluable.
Midwest Review of Books
. . . This audience should consider this reference essential: it analyzes the latest statistics on retail industry growth and trends, covering everything from malls and superstores to mail-order businesses, and presents in-depth profiles on companies which provide keys to overall industry operations. An important reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593921019
  • Publisher: Plunkett Research
  • Publication date: 12/13/2007
  • Pages: 669
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jack W. Plunkett is CEO & Publisher of Plunkett Research, Ltd., a Houston-based provider of market research and industry information in printed and electronic formats. Plunkett's client list includes 5,000 leading corporations, universities and government agencies worldwide. Plunkett's research products are distributed electronically through subscriptions to its website and around the globe by major booksellers and news distributors. Jack Plunkett's work has been widely covered by hundreds of magazines, newspapers and broadcast stations, including stories in USA Today and Inc. Magazine. Plunkett is frequently interviewed as an expert source by publications such as Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal. The New York Times and Investor's Business Daily, media outlets such as NPR's Marketplace, ABC, and CBS Marketwatch, as well as local and regional newspapers and national columnists.
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Table of Contents

A Short Retail Industry Glossary i
Introduction 1
How To Use This Book 3
Chapter 1: Major Trends Affecting the Retail Industry 7
1) Introduction to the Retail Industry 7
2) Wal-Mart Dominates as the World's Biggest Retailer (and now America's Biggest Grocer) 8
3) Department Stores have Evolved into Giant Apparel, Cosmetics and Accessories Stores 10
4) Name Changes, Buyouts and Consolidation Alter the Department Store Landscape 12
5) Discounting and Discount Stores Evolve 13
6) Category-Killers and Big Box Retailers Struggle to Keep Up With Discounters 14
7) Sophistication and Success for Direct Marketers 15
8) China Opens up to Direct Sellers including Avon and Mary Kay 18
9) Rise of Showcase Stores and Super-Merchandisers 18
10) Bricks, Clicks and Catalogs Create Synergies While Online Sales Boom 20
11) Retail Technologies Leap Ahead 20
12) Self Service Technologies Take Off 24
13) Retailers Find New Markets in China While India's Retail Industry is Poised for Enormous Growth 25
14) Yahoo!, eBay and Amazon Create New Ways of Retailing 26
15) Entertainment-Based Retailing, including Power Towns 27
16) Shopping Centers Continue to Develop and Expand 28
17) Malls Morph to Stay Afloat 30
18) Kids' Items Spark New Store Concepts 31
19) Luxury Items Move for Big Bucks 31
20) How to Interpret Reports of Retail Sales 32
Chapter 2: Retail Industry Statistics 34
U.S. Retail Industry Overview 35
Exports, General Imports & Trade Balance in Goods, U.S.: 1980-2nd Quarter 2007 36
Total U.S. Retail Sales & Annual Percent Change: 1994-2007 37
Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: 2001-200638
Retail & Food Services Sales by Kind of Business, U.S.: Monthly, through September 2007 40
Estimated Quarterly U.S. Retail Sales, Total & E-Commerce: 1st Quarter 2001-2nd Quarter 2007 42
Total U.S. Disposable Income, Expenditures & Gross Domestic & National Product Per Capita:
1960-2007 43
Average Annual U.S. Household Expenditures: 2000-2006 44
Distribution of Total U.S. Annual Household Expenditures, by Major Category: 2007 (Estimates) 45
Resident Population Estimates by Age, U.S.: 2000-2010 46
Twenty Largest Shopping Centers, U.S.: November 2007 47
Top 20 Websites, U.S.: October 2007 48
Top 20 Retail Websites, U.S.: November 17, 2007 49
Employment in the Retail Industry, U.S.: 2001-2007 50
Chapter 3: Important Retail Industry Contacts 51
Addresses, Telephone Numbers and World Wide Web Sites
Chapter 4: THE RETAIL 500:
Who They Are and How They Were Chosen 75
Industry List, With Codes 76
Index of Rankings Within Industry Groups 79
Alphabetical Index 92
Index of Headquarters Location by U.S. State 96
Index of Non-U.S. Headquarters Location by Country 101
Index by Regions of the U.S. Where the Firms Have Locations 103
Index by Firms with Operations Outside the U.S. 119
Individual Profiles on each of THE RETAIL 500 122
Additional Indexes
Index of Hot Spots for Advancement for Women/Minorities 628
Index of Subsidiaries, Brand Names and Selected Affiliations 630
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