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    Thursday
    Jun172010

    US Retailers Increasing International Sales

    Total US$ Million


    (Int'l %)

    Latest Quarter

    US

    Sales

    Non-US

    Sales

    Non-US % of Total

    Best Buy

    27%

    Sales

    7,923

    2,864

    26.6%

    vs. Yr Ago

    +5.3%

    +11.4%

    25.5%

    Walmart

    29%

    Sales

    62,324

    25,030

    28.7%

    vs. Yr Ago

    +1.1%

    +21.4%

    25.1%

    Costco

    23%

    Sales

    13,652

    4,128

    23.2%

    vs. Yr Ago

    +7.8%

    +31.2%

    19.9%

    Combined

    28%

    Sales

    83,899

    32,022

    27.6%

    vs. Yr Ago

    +2.6%

    +21.6%

    24.4%

     Source: Company Reports

    It certainly is no surprise that US retailers are increasing their international presence, but the rate that this is happening is remarkable.

    Walmart now generates nearly 30% of its sales from outside of the US, up almost 4% over last year. Five more years at this rate and it will cross 50%.

    The 2010 figures are influenced in part by currency fluctuations and higher international growth rates but the overall trend is accelerating.

    International sales is now a major growth driver for these retailers and we can expect other retailers to follow suit.

    InterStratics continues to follow this field closely and we provide our clients with unparalleled information relating to international expansion strategies.

    Thursday
    Jun102010

    EU Retail Sales April 2010


    Eurostat has just released the April 2010 retail sales. One-third of countries have seen a growth in retail sales in the past year, and it has been modest. Sales declines in the "ia" countries (exception Austria) continues.

     

    EU Retal Sales Summary.

    Total Retail Trade (seasonally Adjusted)

    Feb 2009 = 1.00

     

    2009

    2010

     

    Apr

    Jan

    Feb

    Mar

    Apr

    EU 27

    1.00

    1.00

    0.99

    1.00

    0.99

    EA 16

    1.00

    0.99

    0.99

    1.00

    0.99

    United Kingdom

    1.02

    1.01

    1.03

    1.03

    1.04

    France

    1.01

    1.02

    1.03

    1.03

    1.03

    Switzerland

    0.98

    1.03

    1.03

    1.02

    1.03

    Austria

    1.03

    1.03

    1.03

    1.04

    1.02

    Finland

    1.00

    1.01

    1.01

    1.02

    1.02

    Norway

    1.01

    1.02

    1.02

    1.01

    1.01

    Portugal

    1.00

    1.04

    1.00

    1.00

    1.01

    Sweden

    1.03

    1.01

    1.01

    1.01

    1.00

    Germany

    1.01

    0.99

    0.99

    0.98

    0.99

    Belgium

    0.99

    0.98

    0.97

    0.96

    0.98

    Spain

    0.99

    0.98

    0.98

    0.99

    0.97

    Poland

    1.01

    0.97

    0.96

    1.06

    0.96

    Slovenia

    0.99

    0.98

    0.96

    0.97

    0.96

    Slovakia

    1.00

    0.99

    0.97

    0.99

    0.95

    Denmark

    1.01

    0.97

    0.98

    1.04

    0.95

    Romania

    0.98

    0.92

    0.92

    0.95

    0.93

    Malta

    0.97

    1.02

    1.03

    0.93

    0.93

    Estonia

    1.00

    0.95

    0.93

    0.93

    0.93

    Latvia

    0.97

    0.88

    0.87

    0.90

    0.89

    Bulgaria

    0.98

    0.89

    0.88

    0.88

    0.87

    Lithuania

    0.97

    0.84

    0.83

    0.87

    0.86

    Greece

    0.99

    1.05

    1.01

    1.04

    c

    Italy

    1.00

    1.00

    1.01

    1.01

    c

    Cyprus

    0.99

    0.96

    0.95

    0.99

    c

    Ireland

    0.98

    0.95

    0.99

    0.99

    c

    Czech

    1.00

    0.98

    0.97

    0.99

    c

    Netherlands

    0.99

    0.96

    0.96

    0.97

    c

    Hungary

    0.99

    0.94

    0.95

    0.94

    c

    Luxembourg

    1.01

    1.11

    1.11

    :

    :

    Source: Eurostat

     

    c    Confidential
    :    Data not available

     

     

    Friday
    May142010

    April Retail Sales 

    US Retail sales have just been released. The overall trend is +0.4% for the month.

    Building and garden suppliers fared best along with health and personal care stores. For other categories, the sales trend for the month were below the annual growth seen over the last 12 months.

    This month, stores which are predominantly seen in shoppng centers (clothing, department stores....) showed declines.

    Easter impacted April this year, but the overall trend shown indicated a decrease in the growth rate for most categories.

     

     

    details here

    Tuesday
    May112010

    Online Sales

    Internet Retailer just released figures comparing online sales for the last two years.

    Amazon continues to lead the pack. Traditional retailers Staples, Walmart and Best Buy have shown strong growth. Things are getting interesting as the battle between online and offline is getting serious.

    What really jumps out is how large Amazon is and how its momentum is sustained. Amazon is now a formidible player in retail, not just online retail.

    As for Canada, Amazon has recently grown at a higher rate than in the US. With a new domestic distribution facility, this growth will be sustained and Canadian retailers must consider Amazon just as they would traditional competition.